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Lolita is a brilliant novel. It is also sick, sick, sick. I'm a great admirer of JK Rowling, incljuding her fearlessness. But I would not call the book a successful love story,

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I’m impressed. “recreational hatred”. Seldom has such a short phrase captured a phenomenon as powerfully and elegantly.

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I take immense joy in doing everything the mob cancels. Funny how the forbidden stuff often ends up being the most captivating.

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Aside from the knee jerk self rightous nincompoopery of the esteemed actress "Sooz" , I am generally just exhausted and disgusted with the ubiquity of the phrase "WTF". Once a conversational jolt, it is now so easily tossed around by nearly every young person I meet , frequently and effectively shutting down any conversation . From my perspective , my disgust with the indiscriminate and pointless vulgarity silences further discussion and I walk away . Not a good tactic for a civilization to prosper.

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Where is article audio!?

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Yeah, what the FUCK, Oscar! That was hilarious. Well done!

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Yes, why can't it be both? Why can't it be a love story and that he is also a sick man? The good news is that this novel still has people talking, and talking about interesting things!

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Are sick people devoid of feelings? He's SICK, Sooz, What the FUCK, Sooz.

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I've read Lolita and endorse Rowling's comment.

Only someone who hasn't read it (or an idiot) could consider Lolita an endorsement of paedophilia.

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This child's petulance does not warrant a response. Seen and not heard. I'm sure Ms. Rowling, whose understanding of literature is fairly thorough, doesn't care about this.

Five million TwitterTok whatevers matter even less.

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I'd lean more towards seen and not tolerated.

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Fantastic. Thank you. (And, maybe: We're doomed.)

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“Recreational Hatred”. Beautiful.

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"... the under-40 set—people who, like Kempner, appear utterly confounded not just by the difference between depiction and endorsement but by the expression of any thought that contains two or more moving parts."

Bam.

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"....people, in their fervor for recreational hatred, are rendering themselves functionally illiterate"

Amazing writing. What a great article!

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I learned a new term today: "recreational hatred". Very good, very clever, very much on the mark!

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Those that practice "recreational hatred" are hunters, looking for a scalp. The elation they hope to manifest is getting a well-known someone cancelled in an extravaganza made as public as possible. They can then twirl, twirl, twirl in the joy of their self-righteousness and begin the hunt for another while never minding the plank in their own eye.

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I dont think it's a great love story or a comedy. Because the prose is so good, maybe perfect, Nabokov is able to seduces the reader into the Humbert characters mind. I enjoyed another take on it called "Reading Lolita in Terhan", by Azar Nafisi.

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I hope TheFP gives a shout out to the new Reflector Podcast. It's the same team that made the "Witch Trials of JK Rowling", and they just released a new episode that reflects on the year that passed since that collaboration with TheFP was released.

Check it out. It's very good.

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