People Are Victim-Blaming Hannah Anderson, and It’s Depressing as Hell

It’s hard to say what’s more disheartening about the way some people in the media — both social and regular old-person media — have been casting Hannah Anderson, the 16-year-old kidnapping victim whose mother and brother were allegedly tortured and killed by James Lee DiMaggio before he took Anderson to a remote… » 8/18/13 1:30pm 8/18/13 1:30pm

Elle Fanning Plays a Coy Wood Nymph for Lolita Lempicka Perfume

14-year-old Elle Fanning, actress and sister to Dakota, is now the face of Lolita Lempicka, the fragrance by the French designer of the same name. Lempicka's legal name is Josiane Maryse Pividal, but she began working under the pseudonym as an homage to Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, the 1950s novel chronicling a… » 9/21/12 6:00pm 9/21/12 6:00pm

January Jones Goes Nude For Versace

10 Not-Trashy (But Totally Entertaining) Beach Reads

You asked, we answered! If you're getting a sugar crash from trashy-reading but still want to spend the remaining summer months with a completely absorbing book, you're in luck: We've assembled 10 of our all-time favorite respectable page-turners! » 7/26/10 4:36pm 7/26/10 4:36pm

Only Words To Play With

In 2007 John Bertram issued a challenge: design a cover for Nabokov's Lolita. The results run the gamut from horribly creepy to uncannily pretty. Check out the full library (and compare representations of pedophilia) here: [Flickr via BlackBook] » 2/19/10 9:30am 2/19/10 9:30am

A Rave Review Of Lolita

"To be blunt, I do not love Lolita in spite of my own history; I love it, in part, because of my history." That history is fascinating, and can (and should) be read here: [The Second Pass] » 12/01/09 2:30pm 12/01/09 2:30pm

Why Sexualizing Little Girls Sucks For Grown-Ass Women

MG Durham writes in today's Guardian that the sexualization of young girls (cf. Miley Cyrus, Emma Watson, etc., etc.) is deeply damaging for them. But western culture's Lolita fetish sucks for the legal as well as the barely. » 9/18/09 2:00pm 9/18/09 2:00pm

"I Don't Wish To Touch Hearts..."

Fellow nerds! Check out this discussion with Vladimir Nabokov, shortly after Lolita's American publication. He's combative, has a heavy Russian accent, and at one point they all tacitly stand up and move to this "drawing room" set. [YouTube via BoingBoing] » 7/21/09 11:40am 7/21/09 11:40am

Pour yourself a gin and pineapple - Humbert Humbert's favorite tipple - Lolita » 10/13/08 2:40pm 10/13/08 2:40pm's 50. Which probably makes her more like 68, strictly speaking. Anyway, Nabokov's masterpiece has endured a half-century of controversy, banning,misinterpretation, cultural cooption, adaptation and dissection, and remains at the top of the…

Reading Lolita In America: Where Victim Becomes Vixen

There's a new interview » 9/03/08 6:30pm 9/03/08 6:30pm on with Graham Vickers, the author of , in which the author explores the way the icon has entered the culture - and how thoroughly that perception distorts Nabokov's actual novel. Nowadays, a Lolita is any underage temptress - "from Amy Fisher to Hard Candy" - whereas the character is very…

A 34-year-old Italian butcher who was having an affair with 13-year-old girl had his sentence reduced by two-thirds because a judge decided there was "real love" involved. Antonio de Pascale was given a sentence of a year and four months instead of the maximum possible penalty — 12 years — because, according to the … » 2/07/08 10:45am 2/07/08 10:45am

Woolworths in the UK has stopped selling a "Lolita" bedroom set for young girls after a group of mothers began a campaign in protest of it. But don't blame Woolworths! They supposedly had never even heard of Vladimir Nabokov's novel of the same name. "The staff who run the website had never heard of Lolita, and to be… » 2/01/08 9:45am 2/01/08 9:45am

Miu Miu is supposed to be Prada-lite, Prada for the poor folk. In reality, it costs about the same as its big-sister label, but its design aesthetic? Decidedly different. While Prada is known for being anti-sexy and "intellectual" (because, uh, brains and beauty are mutually exclusive?), Miu Miu is a little more,… » 10/08/07 1:45pm 10/08/07 1:45pm