Opening Lines of Lolita

In this archival recording, James Mason reads from one of the most recognizable beginnings of twentieth-century literature.  More

The PEN Ten with Sarah Weinman

"I’ve said often that crime fiction in particular is an excellent vehicle for social commentary, because so much of what happens in society has some tie, or root,… More

On Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita

Say that Lolita is hilarious and excruciating and sad—no novel ever had a sadder last line—but not boring, surely. We throb with the miserable Humbert as he creeps across… More

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