Re: RARA-AVIS: RE : Lolita and noir

Date: 22 Feb 2007

Patrick wrote:

"Personally, I think people who want to pigeonhole Lolita as a 'funny book' are embarrassed by the fact that Nabakov used Lolita to undermine his readers' sensibilities.'"

Uh, isn't one of the uses of comedy to undermine sensibilities? In fact, that's one of the reasons humor is so culturally specific, because it depends upon at least tweaking, if not breaking, a culture's ideology. And boy did I not get the sense from Richard and the others that thought Lolita was funny that they thought the funniness in any way undercut its greatness, quite the opposite

Bringing it closer to home, much of Willeford is laugh out loud funny. And then you start thinking about some of the things you're laughing at
-- humor that makes you think, and sometimes confront the values of your culture and yourself.


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