Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Enter McFate

In Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, there's a classmate of Dolores Haze named Aubrey McFate whose name takes on a particular significance. For the pedophile Humbert Humbert, the name signifies a personal devil that besieges him as sets out to kidnap and seduce Dolores Haze, reminding us (if not him) that he's a character in a book, jerked around in a pattern arranged for him by a God-like author.

Turns out McFate isn't completely imaginary; she's a mole for the gun lobby.

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