12 episodes

Who is Lolita? The Nabokov literary classic has sparked infinite discussion in the 65 years since its release, but the cultural memory the book has left behind lives more in romance and fashion aesthetics than a cautionary tale about a deceptive predator and his young prey. Jamie Loftus wants to know how we got here, and this series traces Lolita -- the person, Dolores Haze -- from her literary origin to current status as a doomed icon.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 148 Ratings

Who is Lolita? The Nabokov literary classic has sparked infinite discussion in the 65 years since its release, but the cultural memory the book has left behind lives more in romance and fashion aesthetics than a cautionary tale about a deceptive predator and his young prey. Jamie Loftus wants to know how we got here, and this series traces Lolita -- the person, Dolores Haze -- from her literary origin to current status as a doomed icon.

    10: Poems That Take 1000 Years to Die

    10: Poems That Take 1000 Years to Die

    10: Poems That Take 1000 Years to Die

    • 1 hr 58 min
    9: The Four Lolitas

    9: The Four Lolitas

    9: The Four Lolitas

    • 1 hr 22 min
    8: Dolores Logs In

    8: Dolores Logs In

    8: Dolores Logs In

    • 1 hr 14 min
    7 (Part 2): Lolita In the 90s

    7 (Part 2): Lolita In the 90s

    7 (Part 2): Lolita In the 90s

    • 1 hr 11 min
    7 (Part 1): That Time David Mamet Wrote a Draft of Lolita (And Other Hollywood Tragedies)

    7 (Part 1): That Time David Mamet Wrote a Draft of Lolita (And Other Hollywood Tragedies)

    7 (Part 1): That Time David Mamet Wrote a Draft of Lolita (And Other Hollywood Tragedies)

    • 58 min
    6: Lolita the Cover Girl, Lolita the Pop Star

    6: Lolita the Cover Girl, Lolita the Pop Star

    6: Lolita the Cover Girl, Lolita the Pop Star

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
148 Ratings

148 Ratings

nettle soup ,

Gaslit by a book cover

Deeply validating to hear how badly this book has been presented and misunderstood. Read the book and was horrified at the blurb on the book jacket describing it as a ‘love story’, when the text I read was clearly narrated from the point of view of a perpetrator trying to justify and normalise their predation. I am so glad the phenomenon of this weird and gross justification/sexualisation has been examined and unpacked in this podcast. Its good to know I’m not being gaslit by the book cover - good to have it affirmed that this is a story of abuse taken wayyyy out of context and not the “young temptress” narrative that justifies the actions of a predator. Great podcast, subject matter sensitively handled, fascinating discourse.

CarlosLWatson ,

Amazing podcast

One of the best. Loftus is an ace story teller.

XeonNyle ,

One of the best podcasts

One of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened to, it’s thorough, respectful and interesting. If you familiar with the work of Nabokov, or Lolita and want to learn more about the work itself and it’s wide influence this is essential. This also includes interviews from survivors, so tread carefully when you listen there are a lot of uncomfortable themes. But like I said before it’s very respectful.

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