Sue Lyon as Lolita (1962)

At Lit to Film Club this past week, we discussed the book Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov and viewed the 1962 film directed by Stanley Kubrick. As predicted, the discussion was rich and full of opinions.

Of course, I added to the dialogue by mentioning that Lolita is a frequently challenged (and banned) book. According to the American Library Association:

Banned as obscene in France (1956-1959), in England (1955-59), in Argentina (1959), and in New Zealand (1960). The South African Directorate of Publications announced on November 27, 1982, that Lolita has been taken off the banned list, eight years after a request for permission to market the novel in paperback had been refused. Challenged at the Marion-Levy Public Library System in Ocala, FL (2006). The Marion County commissioners voted to have the county attorney review the novel that addresses the themes of pedophilia and incest, to determine if it meets the state law’s definition of “unsuitable for minors.”

Natalie Portman’s Clutch

Due to its content, I admit to having a hard time reading the book. It hit too close to home by way of my work at SafePlace. As a result, I often ended up tabling the book and reading something else for a spell.

A fellow member of the Lit to Film Club mentioned that actress Natalie Portman sported a Lolita clutch at the opening of Black Swan. When I got home, I did some Googling and found an article by the LA Times: Natalie Portman’s ‘Lolita’ clutch.