"Don't Stand So Close To Me"

It's no use, he sees her
He starts to shake and cough
Just like that old man in
That book by Nabokov

It's nice when others do my work for me. Though I must add three things:

1) The cartoon character is being dense; everyone knows this is a reference to "Lolita" (probably the greatest novel ever written).

2) My bigger criticism is that it's an awkward and dumb way to reference "Lolita". Better than "Just like that old guy in that thingy with the, you know, pages and writing and stuff, by that Russian dude", but not much.

3) No, I was not beaten by a songwriter as a child.


C-Belle said...

That song led me to Lolita, when I was in seventh grade. I asked my English teacher, "just like that old man in that book by Nabakov... what book?!?"

He stood a little too close and gave me a copy which just happened to be in his desk drawer.

Peter said...

If your life is going to be a Police song, better that than "Roxanne".