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    Friday, September 16, 2005

    Are We Seriously Still Talking About This?

    Yesterday's gush from Stacy Schiff on Lolita on its 50th anniversary apparently caused some debate.

    Will Baude on Crescat Sententia says in response to a request for the book to be "under a rock for 100 years": I happen to love the book (but not vile H.H.) but to each her own.

    Yeah, well, I'll raise you one, Will. I love "vile H.H." too!

    This, this is why we actually have to worry about issues like obscenity in the Supreme Court.

    Okay, so that was all so upsetting. But Steve Almond makes it okay with his beautiful Lolita essay on Nerve:

    Nor, if we are honest, do we look upon Humbert with pure disgust. In our covert hearts, we root for him, because he loves her, and because, when you come right down to it, most of our own wishes are illicit, or feel that way to us. Humbert's crimes, in other words, may be of a greater scale than the ones we commit, but the same cauldron of deviance bubbles within us. (Note: this last sentence does not apply to registered Republicans, who manage to avoid immoral thoughts by hating gay people.

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