Lem Doolittle

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Lem Doolittle is one of the Strangers who acts as Shannon and Joseph's "guide" at the Hard Times Distillery. He appears as a glowing skeleton and works as a copywrighter at the Distillery.

The Entertainment[edit]

Doolittle is the is the writer of A Reckoning and A Bar-fly, two plays which were together adapted by Joseph for simultaneous performance as The Entertainment.

In real life, A Reckoning is based on playwright Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh, featuring a similar story and characters (this play, in turn, is thought of as inspired by Maxim Gorky's The Lower Depths, after which the tavern the Lower Depths is named.

A Bar-fly is based on Samuel Beckett's Act Without Words, a playwright whose play Waiting for Godot is quoted and referenced multiple times throughout Kentucky Route Zero.


His name is a reference to Oliver "Doolittle" Lynn, the husband of Loretta Lynn (on whom Junebug is based). Doolittle Lynn was also known as "Mooney," due to the fact he made a living selling moonshine, illegally-distilled alcohol. His name is also a possible reference to Hilda "H.D." Doolittle, an American Imagist poet.