Suzanne Vega on Lolita:
"It's like a letter to myself as I was when I was young,
and sort of a word of warning to young girls who are in there
teens, who use sex as their only means of identity. It's so
easy in this culture and this society to feel that if you're
not sexy, then you don't count, or you don't exist. I think
in certain parts of the country that is how you are judged.
You're not judged on whether you're smart, whether you're useful,
whether you're good. You're judged by "are you sexy"
and I think its a problem. It's a letter to those girls and
to the girl that I had been."
The object of desire is Lolita, the "nymphette"
of Nabokov's book with the same title. [Ed.]