Sunday, October 13, 2013
Nabokov adds that "the initial shiver of inspiration" for Lolita "was somehow prompted by a newspaper story about an ape in the Jardin des Plantes who, after months of coaxing by a scientist, produced the first drawing ever charcoaled by an animal: this sketch showed the bars of the poor creature's cage". Neither the article nor the drawing has been recovered. The story of Gilgamesh could be seen as about the pursuit of life only being informed by its eminent demise. The drawing included is from memory of the city gates here in St. Augustine. The view is looking north. There is a ghost story about a little girl who fell to her death by playing on the coquina walls there. I randomly included this recent drawing and tried to give this arbitrary association meaning. I guess the story of Lolita is about a ghost of sorts. Recently in a critique of BA students art work the topic of Lolita came up. One of the female students has chosen to illustrate pictures of her friend dressing up in the manner of gothic Lolita, a trend made popular in Japan. To the left in the drawing is the start of the palm tree cubo line. I have taken the liberty of moving the towers 30 yards back so that the duck would have adequate space to clog.