Book Cover Design Perpetuates The Myth of Lolita

"The sexualized vision of Lolita perpetuated by popular culture has very little to do with the text of Nabokov's novel, in which Lolita is not a teen-aged seductress but a sexually abused twelve-year-old girl."

Recovering Lolita

Among the problems Nabokov’s Lolita poses for the book designer, probably the thorniest is the popular misconception of the title character. She’s chronically miscast as a teenage sexpot—just witness the dozens of soft-core covers over the years. “We are talking about a novel which has child rape at its core,” says John Bertram, an architect and...

Our April Issue—an Introduction and an Apology

PURCHASE COPY|PURCHASE PDF|DOWNLOAD SINGLES The first copies of our April issue just arrived in the office, and it will be on newsstands and in mailboxes soon. The New Visual Artists issue, in which we profile 20 rising talents under 30, is always one we look forward to. And we think we found an exceptional...