Hypothetically, it’s the type of book that Sarah Palin would ban at the school library without even blinking. But here in New York, we hedonists can indulge in Lolita in America, an all-day symposium in honor of the 50th anniversary of the American publication of Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel (originally printed in Paris in 1955) about a man sexually obsessed with a 12-year-old girl. Panelists ranging from Nabokov literary analysts and scholars to journalists will be on hand to discuss the tremendous impact the Russian author’s work had on American culture and examine the relationship it is thought to have with his last unfinished, unpublished novel, The Original of Laura, which is slated to be published soon. The program concludes with a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 film version of Lolita. Additionally, “Visualizing Lolita”—works by students from the New School for Design—will be on display from September 24 through October 26.
Sat., Sept. 27, 10 a.m., 2008