“Four Humors’ Lolita” at the Minnesota Fringe Festival: Kubrick gets his comeuppance


3 thoughts on ““Four Humors’ Lolita” at the Minnesota Fringe Festival: Kubrick gets his comeuppance

  1. Jay, I wonder what you mean when you say that a major theme of the novel is “the absurdity of human relationships.” If you’ll pardon my saying so, this is pretentious bullshit; straining for profundity does not become you (or anyone else). And I’m perplexed by your claim that the show turns Nabokov’s novel into a “dark but broad comedy.” Anyone who has read Lolita knows that it’s a dark comedy, though not a broad one. Are you sure you’ve read it? If not, shouldn’t you be a little more tentative in pronouncing judgment on the achievement of this show?

  2. I have indeed read the novel, multiple times. My comment about “the absurdity of human relationships” was intentionally ambiguous, since each reader has his or her own interpretation of the novel—but in general, I meant to indicate that one reason Lolita resonates so widely is it criticizes (or, depending on your interpretation, celebrates) the very notion of romantic love. Maybe my statement wasn’t sufficiently qualified—maybe there’s nothing particularly absurd about one’s relationship with, say, one’s postman—but that’s what I was getting at.

    The comment about turning the novel into a “dark but broad comedy” was meant to describe Kubrick’s film, which I was complimenting the Four Humors show for criticizing. I’ve revised that sentence to make that more clear.

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