December 22, 2007
Martha Bridegam, who was once a student of mine but has made a complete recovery, writes in Demisemiblog that she has “been rereading Ulysses this week. Shocked to learn I'm older than Mr. Bloom.”
I am shocked to learn that there’s somebody out there who has read Ulysses even once, let alone twice. Prior to this I never knew anyone who had even made it into the double-digit pages, except for certain ones deep inside that the older boys pointed out.
So way to go, Martha, and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours from.
Illiterate in Connecticut
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at December 22, 2007 01:09 PM
Am told I'm also now older than Homer Simpson. Gack, alas, my lost youth, etc...
Ulysses is no hardship. It's full of good sly comedy, including some that reads like a Monty Python precursor. Some bigotry reflecting Joyce's times but a lot of humane kindness ahead of those times. And the Pogues did an album liner photo impersonating Joyce, so he can't be all dull, can he?
Of course, my hat's off to anyone can grok *Finnegans Wake*. That's an entire nother kettle of fish.
Am finishing *Ulysses* in the online edition, av'l here. Joyce is a great one for providing unique search phrases and words to use as improvised bookmarks. My one before last was "frseeeeeeeefronnnng".
Meant to say, a merry everything to everybody.
Reading Joyce online provides another argument for having a good browser. In mine, right-click on a selected word or phrase provides a choice to look it up in an online dictionary or encyclopedia in addition to the basic web search. Like many other Opera innovations, this will probably appear in Firefox in a year or so. ;\]
Re: the above,
I'm not much at the "free rice" game. I keep hovering at the same level until all the words get to be familiar and then it's no fun any more.
If Chuck can find "melonsmellonous" in a dictionary I'm a monkey's auntie.
Cheers to all & may you save the republic in 2008.