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It’s an icky book about a pedophile who’s up to no good from the first page. It’s also one of the greatest novels ever, a hilariously upsetting story with amazing sentences. So what’s the deal with Lolita? What can we learn from it about matters such as character, imagery, and the use of humor? We’ll look carefully at the book and then generate, share, and compare work, practicing those narrative particulars. It’s a Lolitathon that’ll sharpen your storytelling skills, whether in fiction or memoir.
Michael Shilling is the author of Rock Bottom, a novel published by Little, Brown. The musical adaptation of the book was staged in 2014 by the Landless Theater Company. His stories have appeared in The Sun, Fugue, and Other Voices.