Lolita: Story of a Cover Girl is a collection of newly created covers for Nabokov's great novel. It's the end-result of a project by John Bertram, an architect, blogger, and Nabokov enthusiast. Appalled by the almost universally terrible covers Lolita has had in the past -- in an interview at Print magazine, he says that there have been "dozens of soft-core covers over the years" -- he solicited new covers from dozens of artists, designers, writers, and scholars which more accurately reflect the darkness and complexity of the novel.
From top to bottom, these covers are by Jamie Keenan, Peter Mendelsund, Ellen Lupton, and Rachel Berger. See more at Print.
Kevin Hartnett is a writer in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His last article for Ideas was about choosing Congress by lottery.
Guest blogger Simon Waxman is Managing Editor of Boston Review and has written for WBUR, Alternet, McSweeney's, Jacobin, and others.
Guest blogger Elizabeth Manus is a writer living in New York City. She has been a book review editor at the Boston Phoenix, and a columnist for The New York Observer and Metro.
Guest blogger Sarah Laskow is a freelance writer and editor in New York City. She edits Smithsonian's SmartNews blog and has contributed to Salon, Good, The American Prospect, Bloomberg News, and other publications.
Guest blogger Joshua Glenn is a Boston-based writer, publisher, and freelance semiotician. He was the original Brainiac blogger, and is currently editor of the blog HiLobrow, publisher of a series of Radium Age science fiction novels, and co-author/co-editor of several books, including the story collection "Significant Objects" and the kids' field guide to life "Unbored."
Guest blogger Ruth Graham is a freelance journalist in New Hampshire, and a frequent Ideas contributor. She is a former features editor for the New York Sun, and has written for publications including Slate and the Wall Street Journal.
Joshua Rothman is a graduate student and Teaching Fellow in the Harvard English department, and an Instructor in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He teaches novels and political writing.