Odes to Lolita, the Sexuagenarian


It was like being marched through someone’s private idea of a perfect night, a night where I was the center but one that had curiously little to do with me at all—all of which is to say that in an equation of desire, the object of desire can be integral and incidental at the same time.

Sixty years after the publication of Lolita, ten writers—including Alexandra Kleeman (quoted above), Lidija Haas, and Doreen St. Felix—revisit the delicate sentences and reflect on the power of Nabokov’s prose, each addressing a different section of the book.

You can find Charley Locke's journalism on WIRED, tweets @CHARLEY_LOCKE, and drawings on her parents' fridge. You can also sometimes spot Charley imperiously making book recommendations while managing the McSweeney's Pop-Up Shops. More from this author →