Harry Hope's Saloon

This blog takes it's name from the setting for O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh -- a lousy gin-mill; a smoked-out, greasy dive where the habitues have all landed, it seems, permanently. Their lives, in each case, are paralyzed by fear and laziness. Like my own.

Monday, March 14, 2005

jailbait: fifties and nineties

I must confess: if someone would have suggested this connection to me yesterday, I'd have scoffed at such superficiality. Now I'm just sort of dumbfounded.

From the Wikipedia entry on Lolita:

The case of Amy Fisher, whom in 1992 the press dubbed the "Long Island Lolita", helped popularize the term among a new generation. Screenwriter Alan Ball considered writing a play based on the Fisher case, but the story soon got away from him and mutated into the screenplay which became American Beauty (1999). The narrator, played by Kevin Spacey, falls for a teenage girl, who is a "lolita" in the mainstream or pornographic sense but is too old to be a Nabokovian nymphet. His name, Lester Burnham, is an anagram of "Humbert learns".

2 Comments:

At 3:07 PM, Blogger Scott M. said...

The connection definitely exists for many.

My former flame of several years, who frequently mentioned, only half in jest I think, her suspicions that I lusted after her teenaged daughter, once said that the main reason I loved American Beauty so, was because I had a "Lolita thing."

 
At 3:52 PM, Blogger J. Goard said...

It never surprised me that the connection would exist for hoi polloi, only that a writer with enough awareness of Nabokov to use his typical wordplay would also be dull enough to think that there is a sufficiently deep connection between the characters for Lester to count as a reflection upon, let alone the redemption of, Humbert.

 

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