Re: Nabokov, a closet Pedophile?
The issue you're talking about here is one James Joyce deals with extensively in Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, namely viewing an artist's work as a reflection on him/herself as a person. I write, as I'm sure many people on this website do, and have extensive knowledge on a number of subjects that I would never use in daily life. I (for example) know the fastest way to incapacitate someone with a choke is not to close over their windpipe but rather to place enough pressure on the carotid artery so as to cause a "blood choke" wherein oxygenated blood is no longer making it to the brain. It takes considerably less time and the likelihood of dying from the choke is much lower. That said, I've never actually felt the need to leap (I'm quite short) up at anyone and take them down with such a maneuver.
This is one small example and I am merely using it to illustrate a point. Nabokov was obviously interested in the subject of child sexuality and molestation as a writer, but that hardly makes him a pedophile. The idea that you think it safe to judge the moral fiber of a writer based, not on something they've ever done but rather on something they write about is abhorrent to me and quite frankly deeply frightening. It's that sort of thinking that leads to over-censorship of art and persecution of artists themselves. Knowledge of a subject, desire to explore that subject as a writer, desire to force your audience to face such a subject head-on makes you guilty of nothing more than sensationalism. And while sensationalism can be trying, it's hardly in league with pedophilia.