Lolita, Media, and the Power of Rhetoric 

Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial story of a man’s infatuation with a twelve year old girl is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of the English language, but in our current climate, would a draft even make it across an editor’s desk?

Join Evan Falls for an exploration of the source text, Nabokov’s masterful use of beautiful and tame language to mask deeply disturbing thoughts and actions, and its ironic relevance when compared with the simultaneously trivializing and sensationalizing media that would oppose its publication today.

October 18th :: 7-9pm.


Space is limited. To register for Lolita, Media, and the Power of Rhetoric please email or call us or register online.

About this teaching artist:

Evan Falls is a Film and Writing graduate from Columbia College Chicago.  He recently returned from a year of teaching English and Creative Writing in Prague, where he wrote daily journals.  He has worked professionally in all departments of filmmaking, with a concentration in Directing and Screenwriting.  

Winner of Three Upstate Eight Literature Conference Awards, Winner of the English Department Award, writer of several films produced at Columbia College Chicago, with Essays, Reviews, and Short Stories published in Reviewing the Arts, Page & Spine, and Odyssey.  

He has participated in multiple international writing workshops with renowned writers such as Stuart Dybek, Mark Slouka, and Jaimy Gordon. 


He is currently hosting several workshops and classes around St. Charles and Geneva, in which hopes to bring the spirit of the expat writing community home.

About the art:

Pikeman Armor for an Officer

England, Greenwich, 1625/30. Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago.

From the Art Institute's webpage ::

"Half armor was worn by both foot soldiers and light cavalrymen. English Pikemen were infantrymen (foot soldiers) so named for their principal weapon, the pike, a staff that measured 16 to 20 feet in length. Abundantly studded with steel brass-capped rivets within embossed V-shaped motifs, a pikeman’s armor included a helmet (pott), cuirass (breastplate and backplate), gorget (collar), and tassets (riveted steel skirt plates attached to the breastplate). For protection, the down-turned, wide-brimmed pott was originally designed to deflect arrows away from the neck, while the tassets shielded the waist and upper thighs. The patterned breastplate with bulbous tassets reflects the style of a doublet, with a wide full skirt over bulky trousers, which was fashionable at this time. The shoulder strap reinforcement and tasset hinges suggest that this harness belonged to an officer of the English Pikemen or even a member of the English royal bodyguard—the Yeomen of the Guard."

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