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Aug 30 2013

The unreliable narrator

Colin McGinn is still writing blog posts.

Here’s one from a couple of weeks ago.

“I could list a great number of these one-sided diminutive romances. Some of them ended in a rich flavor of hell. It happened for instance that from my balcony I would notice a lighted window across the street and what looked like a nymphet in the act of undressing before a cooperative mirror. Thus isolated, thus removed, the vision acquired an especially keen charm that made me race with all speed toward my lone gratification. But abruptly, fiendishly, the tender pattern of nudity I had adored would be transformed into the disgusting lamp-lit bare arm of a man in his underclothes reading his paper by the open window in the hot, damp, hopeless summer night.” Lolita, V. Nabokov, p. 20.

I am that man reading his paper.

Hmmm.

7 comments

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  1. 1
    A. Noyd

    No, McGinn, you are Humbert Humbert. There’s no question.

  2. 2
    Josh, Official SpokesGay

    Jesus he’s disgusting. And oblivious to how ridiculous he is.

  3. 3
    SallyStrange

    “Yo, I’m the guy who got to Lolita before Humbert Humbert did!”

    Yeah, um, congrats.

    Why does his name ring a bell?

  4. 4
    R Johnston

    How is it that there are so many people unfamiliar with the first rule of holes? I mean, I can get a reluctance to apologize, but don’t any of these egotistical blowhard sexist harassing assholes at least know when to shut the hell up?

  5. 5
    R Johnston

    Sallystrange @4:

    He’s the U. of Miami philosophy professor who resigned rather than an face inquiry for sexually harassing his student(s).

  6. 6
    SallyStrange

    Oh, right. Thank you for indulging my laziness, R Johnston.

  7. 7
    CaitieCat, getaway driver

    Oh, wow, that’s revolting.

    How much misogyny, pedophilia, and homophobia can you possibly squeeze into 150 words? Let’s secretly watch this philosophy professor and find out…

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