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Gravity’s Rainbow

I told myself I’d read one more “real” book before school started.  By real I mean, one book that, once classes begin, and my mind turned a bit towards jello in the evenings, I would not be able to read … Continue reading

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Lost and Found

Lost and Found Here‘s an interesting story on the use of new technology to recover new text from the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum. The Villa appears to have been the home of a philosopher in the Southern Italian … Continue reading

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Ezra Pound Defends James Joyce Against an Early Critic

I’m a fan of polemical writing, whatever the subject-matter.  In fact, my reading of Joyce’s letters and biographies has tipped me off to a future project: reading more Ezra Pound, those excerpts which have been included having been so creatively … Continue reading

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Dubliners (and Joyce’s early career struggles)

My rereading of Dubliners was as enjoyable as always.  That book reminds me of a great band’s first album.  Not the sort of band whose first album is their only good one, but the sort of band that, even though … Continue reading

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Joyce’s Earliest Writings

I’m making my way through Richard Ellmann’s biography, along with the three volumes of Joyce’s letters, and then also stopping to read everything else he wrote along the way.  I’ve read most of these texts (except the letters and the … Continue reading

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Joyce, Vico, Oral Poetry and the Homeric Question – A Joyce Writing Project

My Master’s program culminates in writing a thesis.  I’m writing this post to describe what I’m planning on working on, as much to share as to work out for myself what I’m actually going to write about. The short version … Continue reading

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The Kraus Project – Jonathan Franzen on “What’s Wrong with the Modern World”

– alternate subtitle – all you out there not talking nonstop about your phones/tv/etc., otherwise complying with my proposed rules for CTA conversations, the ones who are just staring into the phones “minding your own business”?  You annoy me as … Continue reading

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Finnegans Wake – Book IV

Book IV – Finnegans Wake’s final book – contains only one chapter.  It stands for the last of the four stages in Vico’s theory of history – the “ricorso.”  The chapter read like the finale to a symphony, and also like … Continue reading

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Finnegans Wake – Book III Chapter 4

I finished the whole book a few days ago but didn’t get to blog about the last two chapters.  I’ll keep them separate just for the principle of it I guess. As HCE’s final arguments from III.3 recede into the … Continue reading

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Finnegans Wake – Book III Chapter 3

Two times previously, Finnegans Wake has devolved into a trial – in Book I, first Finnegan, then HCE met their many accusers; in Book II it was Shem/Buckley charged with the murder of the Russian general.  Now, we get the final … Continue reading

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