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A short film of Edgar Allan Poe's Annabel Lee, the poem behind Lolita (you heard it here first) and the last poem Poe ever wrote, published two days after his death. Reportedly, his final words were "lord help my poor soul." Perhaps this video, or indeed many an endeavour I undertake, echo the same sentiment.

In this video I discuss why the opening passage of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita is the Daddy of all literature, dissecting the foreshadowing, prose, multifaceted meanings and proffer a few humble theories of my own. Or should I say, a few humble humble theories. Enjoy.

Authors and readers looking for a crisis of identity and/or deep state of depression, look no further! Functional illiteracy is on the rise and TikTok is our new god. Thank Christ the only child to my name found itself swiftly aborted. Won't somebody please think of the children!

Featuring special guest boomer, Sam Vaknin.

This venture started off so well... now each and every new one is tarnished with thoughts of suicide whilst being paradoxically inspired by the inevitability of death. Go figure. Seppuku deserves a livestream comeback. On Twitch, preferably.