NABOKV-L post 0017286, Sat, 8 Nov 2008 15:27:18 -0800

Re: man charged with libel reading Lolita ...
you know people always say there is not one single swear word in the book, but the word goddamn appears in somewhere, and Hum does call Charlotte a bitch, though these days that would no longer get bleeped on television. Still pretty strong in the fifties. And why is it that lewd or lurid content, if couched in French, is apparently not dirty?

--- On Fri, 11/7/08, Sandy P. Klein <spklein52@HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:

From: Sandy P. Klein <spklein52@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject: [NABOKV-L] man charged with libel reading Lolita ...
Date: Friday, November 7, 2008, 10:26 AM

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Jack Straw and Saw IV: how they are connected
November 7, 2008  

Swordplay’s denizens enjoy Question Time of a Thursday evening, and last night was no exception. The array of guests was typically impressive, especially playwright Bonnie Greer (albeit that the show’s host, David Dimbleby, preferred to call her Germaine).
The debate turned to knife crime. Specifically, whether seeing more boys in the cub scouts might help reduce it, as apparently suggested by the London mayor, Boris Johnson. This unquestionably risible idea was scotched by Ms Greer, and even former cub scout and current Justice Secretary Jack Straw seemed somewhat underwhelmed by it. Indeed, if the truth be told, the show arrived at something of a plateau at this juncture, prompting a dalliance with the remote to see what the other channels had to offer.
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We agree. We recall that Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, a novel dealing with a subject far more problematic even than knife crime, contained not a single swear word.  Despite the likes of Ross and Brand, communication is eminently possible without recourse to what the late Peter Carter-Ruck - doyen of libel lawyers and a man charged with libel reading Lolita - would have described as “mere vulgar abuse”.
The image is of a Saw IV cast member mid-premiere. Will the cub scouts save her?


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