When it was published in 1955, Lolita immediately became a cause célèbre because of the freedom and sophistication with which it handled the unusual erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Vladimir Nabokov’s wise, ironic, elegant masterpiece owes its stature as one of the twentieth century’s novels of record not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author’s use of that material to tell a love story almost shocking in its beauty and tenderness.
Awe and exhilaration–along with heartbreak and mordant wit–abound in this account of the aging Humbert Humbert’s obsessive, devouring, and doomed passion for the nymphet Dolores Haze. Lolita is also the story of a hypercivilized European colliding with the cheerful barbarism of postwar America, but most of all, it is a meditation on love–love as outrage and hallucination, madness and transformation
Intro – UNKLE
From Eden – Hozier
My Type – Saint Motel
Moon – Little People
Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) – Florence + The Machine
Paper Girl – July Talk
Lolita – Lana Del Rey
Line of Fire – Sucre
Guts – Alex Winston
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week has a new theme and you can participate however often you choose!
This week’s topic was a freebie, so I decided to have some fun with it! As you all know by now, I love books and music, so what could be better than to putting them together?
So without further ado — ten books that pair well with Vivaldi ( ♡) (Click the cover to open the youtube link with the Vivaldi piece!)
(Click photo for youtube link)
It’s January (in case you were unaware) and that means it is once again time for New Year’s Resolutions. And for those of us who love to read that means book resolutions.
The interesting thing about January book resolutions is how it generates discussions not just about how many book a person wants to read but also about what kind of books that are going to be read in the coming year. Which centers around a quality question – what sort of books ought we to read? What book are qualitatively good? What books are important? What books are necessary to make one “well read.”
These questions are not so easy to answer. Susie Rodarme muses this question at length in her BookRiot post, “How to be Well Read”. I highly suggest reading this article, she deconstructs typical notions of being “well read” quite clearly and articulately, concluding that:
I know, that answer isn’t as easy as going through a list and ticking off boxes, though there are lists out there, if “well-read in this list of books” is what you want to tackle for your own well-read-ness (can I direct you to our Read Harder challenge for a start?). The main reason I wanted to put this maybe-unhelpful answer to this question out there is that I’ve hung around a lot of book spaces in the past where people use “well-read” as a way to keep other readers down and make themselves artificially elite. I’ve seen the term “well-read” used to keep the voices of people of color and women sidelined because they were of little interest to those striving to be traditionally well-read. I’ve seen those who think they have attained “well-read” status become stagnant and stop growing and seeking out new reading. I don’t think that it’s always necessarily a positive thing, to be “well-read” by someone else’s standards.
I think the underlying desires in wanting to be well-read are wanting to be accomplished and knowledgeable, so go out there and set some reading goals and accomplish them! You’ll pick up the knowledge along the way.
As much as I love her analysis and deconstruction of the “Literary Establishment” and its tendency to favor Western (esp. British/American) white, male authors, I still want to fight back a little bit.
It has been a busy couple of weeks with the holiday season. I’ve eaten more food than I care to admit, given and received lovely gifts, and enjoyed a number of parties. Overall, it was a greatly enjoyed two weeks.
However, due to the general chaos of the holidays I got behind in a lot of things – this blog being one huge part. So, I am thrilled to return and once again dive into the world of blogging!
Upon my return I have been delighted to find that I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger award by Aubrey at If Mermaids Wore Suspenders. Her blog is a lovely little gold mine of all things musical and literary and I would highly suggest checking it out!
I feel so honored to receive this award (especially from a blogger I admire and enjoy so much). Being relatively new to blogging it is exciting to know that there are people who enjoy what I am posting. I am thrilled to participate in such an inspiring and uplifting award.
The rules for the award are simple. The creator Okoto Enigma explains:
1) Display the award logo on your blog.
2) Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
3) Mention the creator of the award and provide a link.
4) Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
5) Answer 5 questions from the nominee.
6) Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers.
7) Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
8) Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
9) Share the link to your best post.
So, without further delay, here are 3 things about me: