∆ As HH reads Mrs. Haze’s love letter while sitting on Lolita’s bed, in the background we see a panorama of symbols from The Shining: The Bear, bull and bullfighter forming the beast-man Minotaur, and over HH’s left shoulder, The Bedroom Mirror. It is at this moment HH, who resembles Jack Torrance with longish, ‘horny’ hair and bathrobe, devises his pedophiliac plan to isolate and capture Lolita.
∆ 42 on the ambulance license plate.
∆ Stretcher forms monolith.
A reader asks, “What is the significance of 42?”
The number 42 will be no stranger to students of Kubrick, The Shining, and the phenomenon known as ‘synchromysticism’, but to the novice I will say 42 is 24 reversed, and therefore suggests the 24-hour day, or time itself reversed. 4 is 2 doubled, and 2 is itself the double, so 42 suggests the fall, or a cutting in half — a reduction, or even death. 42 is also a number next to a number half its size, which suggests the relationship between adult and child.
The scene in Lolita above is not one of sorrow for HH, as Mrs. Haze’s death frees him to close in on his sexual relationship with his step-child, and the sinister meanings of 42 are revealed.
Things have changed since my appearance in the documentary Room 237. I moved away from New York to Los Angeles. I got a job there, writing. It was hell. I moved back to New York. I got another job, driving a truck for a moving company. It’s better to be in motion. I am in storage facilities often, and they remind me of the Overlook Hotel. The long, color-coded hallways, numbered doors – the spaces could be anywhere. In fact, in the storage space where the above photo was taken, while I dollied boxes back and forth, a latin couple dressed in ‘Brooklyn’-style sportswear passed me, shocking me into the realization that I was in New York and not some hermetically-sealed Nowhere.
Numbers get the esoteric mind ticking. Wondering about what “My True Love” gives most of during the the Twelve Days of Christmas led to the following computation:
Partridge in a Pear Tree: 1 X 12 = 12
Turtle Doves: 2 X 11 = 22
French Hens: 3 X 10 = 30
Calling Birds: 4 X 9 = 36
Golden Rings: 5 X 8 = 40
Geese A-Laying: 6 X 7 = 42
Swans A-Swimming: 7 X 6 = 42
Maids A-Milking: 8 X 5 = 40
Ladies Dancing: 9 X 4 = 36
Lords A-Leaping: 10 X 3 = 30
Pipiers Piping: 11 X 2 = 22
Drummers Drumming: 12 X 1 = 12
Kubrick magic number 42 again.
Total number of gifts: 364
One for every day of the year other than Christmas.
And at the Overlook, Christmas is never celebrated.
"Murder is the apex of the broad pyramid whose base is the self.
That which stands will have to fall.”