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Lolita, Interviews

Over the last couple of days I've been reading Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. Slowly, bits here and there, between writing, between working, between this and that. I read it a long time ago and I remember not enjoying it so much, to the point that this might have been one of the books I put down, and never finished.

I'm a big Nabokov fan, however. I adore Pale Fire--it's probably one of my favourite books, ever. So when I got the last of his books, the unfinished Laura, which is tossed around at being connected to Lolita, I thought I'd sit down and read that book first. I know only the very basics of The Original of Laura, so I don't know if I need to do this, but I'm doing it, and I'm enjoying Lolita this time around. For whatever reason, the first time I read it, I missed the humour in the book. I suspect that Adrian Lyne's film adaptation of Lolita might have had an undue influence on my reading at the time--I was working as a projectionist back then, and running the film when I decided to read the book. There wasn't a whole lot of intentional humour in it, if I remember right.

But Nabokov's Lolita is funny, and really, I'm glad I'm giving it a go again.

Anyhow, as you saw, yesterday I did an interview with Kaaron Warren. It was a bit of a spur of the moment thing we decided to do, but it was kind of fun, and if people enjoyed reading it, I might actually go out and find the occasional person to interview for this blog.

(crossposted)

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cassiphone
Mar. 10th, 2010 05:44 am (UTC)
I enjoyed reading it a lot! I meant to say so, but couldn't think of anything smart to say, and then got distracted by something shiny. That happens a lot lately.

It was awesome! More interview/excuse to talk to people please!
benpeek
Mar. 11th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
lol.

k. thanks.
ironed_orchid
Mar. 10th, 2010 08:26 am (UTC)
It's sometimes hilarious. I think the Kubrick film got that across, especially the stuff with Quilty or whatever his name is.
benpeek
Mar. 11th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
yeah, i've read that about the kubrick film. i think i might have it lying round, actually, so i should track it down.
nick_kaufmann
Mar. 10th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
Lolita's one of my favorite novels. It's much funnier than people remember or expect!
benpeek
Mar. 11th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
yep!
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