Lolita Podcast

Lolita Podcast

Who is Lolita? The Nabokov literary classic has sparked infinite discussion in the 65 years since its release, but the cultural memory the book has left behind lives more in romance and fashion aesthetics than a cautionary tale about a deceptive predator and his young prey. Jamie Loftus wants to know how we got here, and this series traces Lolita -- the person, Dolores Haze -- from her literary origin to current status as a doomed icon.

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February 1, 2021 118 min

On the finale of Lolita Podcast, we look at the legacy of Dolores Haze -- where she's been, and where she may be going.

Carnal Knowledge by Zoe Ligon & Elizabeth Renstrom: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/646983/carnal-knowledge-by-zoe-ligon-elizabeth-renstrom/

Spectrum Boutique!: https://spectrumboutique.com/

Jess Murwin: https://jessmurwin.com/

Eva Vives's All About Nina: https://www.netflix.com/title/81019338

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On the next to last episode of Lolita Podcast, Jamie takes a look at the lives and careers of the four women who played Dolores Haze in the four major adaptations to date.


Natalie Portman Women's March Speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXWHO14c88c&t=84s

Mara Wilson on Millie Bobby Brown: https://www.indiewire.com/2017/11/matilda-mara-wilson-millie-bobby-brown-stranger-things-1201897682/

An Open Secret documentary...

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January 18, 2021 74 min

This week, Jamie dives down the rabbit hole of Lolita blogs and fan communities, beginning in the early 2000s and through now, and a look at the non-sexual nymphet fashion movement that Nabokov's book inspired. It's... complicated.

Ms. Lola on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/MsLola/videos

Lolita in the Afterlife: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/612244/lolita-in-the-afterlife-by-edited-by-jenny-minton-quigley/

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January 13, 2021 71 min

In Part 2 of our episode on the Lolita 1997 movie adaptation, we dig into America in the 90s -- a wave of movies full of teen girls as sexual demon, how The Long Island Lolita redefined Dolores to a new generation, and dive into the complex production and release of Adrian Lyne's Lolita.


The Crush (1993): https://variety.com/1993/film/reviews/the-crush-2-1200432089/

Jon Stewart interviews Alicia Silverstone: https://www.youtube.c...

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It's high time we talk about the 1997 movie adaptation of Lolita by Adrian Lyne. Between Stanley Kubrick's adaptation in 1962 and Dominique Swain playing Lolita in the '90s. In part one of this two-parter, we take a look at knock-off Lolita productions, how the conversation around child sex abuse changes in Hollywood and America in the 80s and 90s, and how Stranger Danger misses the mark going into the '90s.


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How long have we been judging Lolita by its cover? To be fair, they're not much help. This week, Jamie guides you through a crash course on Lolita/nymphet aesthetics -- when we say 'Lolita,' what are we really talking about? We take a look at the visual legacy of Lolita's book covers, persistence in advertising and how misreads of the text have been haunting pop music for generations.

Join our Discord: https://t.co/s...

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December 21, 2020 77 min

Trigger warning: this episode contains discussion of child sex abuse and pedophilia.

 

"Who is that viper that likes them post-diaper?" This is just one of the objectively terrifying lyrics in a botched Broadway musical of Lolita -- the first an expensive, campy musical from the writer of My Fair Lady in the 70s, and another gritty reboot from Edward Albee starring Edward Albee in the 80s. We speak to the actors who played Lo...

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December 14, 2020 96 min

Content warning: this episode contains discussion of child sex abuse and pedophilia.


What can survivors of abuse take away from the experiences of Nabokov's Dolores Haze? It depends on who you talk to. This week, Jamie examines the popular psychologies of Freud and Kinsey that Dolly would have been surrounded by, and with two prominent psychologists -- Lucia Williams and Michael Lamb -- about the value Dolores's story has to...

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Well, they didn't. This week, Jamie dives into the backstory to Stanley Kubrick's 1962 adaptation of Lolita, interviews one of the world's foremost Kubrick scholars, examines Vladimir Nabokov's involvement and how the first Lolita, Sue Lyon, was treated on set and in media.

[Trigger warning: this podcast contains discussion of child sex abuse, pedophillia and the plot of the story Lolita.]

Nabokov's script for Lol...

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November 30, 2020 64 min

Vladimir Nabokov is your favorite author? Name five of his short stories written in Berlin in the 1930s. This week we look into how the author of Lolita's attempts at writing around the book's themes pre-dated his masterwork by several decades, the endless saga of getting Lolita published, some of the story’s earliest critical misinterpretations and the life of one of the 20th century’s best-regarded authors. Jamie speaks w...

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November 23, 2020 61 min

Who is Dolores Haze? Since Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov was published in 1955, readers have formed strong opinions on the story’s narrator and his framing of the titular character. But Lolita and Dolores Haze are far from the same person. Jamie Loftus gets into her history with the book, and dives into the events of the book.


Join our Discord for more discussion! https://discord.gg/Xkp2Yav7


Featuring the voices of Aziz Vora as Humbert ...

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October 21, 2020 2 min

Who is Lolita? The Nabokov literary classic has sparked infinite discussion in the 65 years since its release, but the cultural memory the book has left behind lives more in romance and fashion aesthetics than a cautionary tale about a deceptive predator and his young prey. Jamie Loftus wants to know how we got here, and this series traces Lolita -- the person, Dolores Haze -- from her literary origin to current status as a doomed ...

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