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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

A Tough Read

Yesterday, I checked out from the public library James Joyce’s Ulysses. I have heard it is a tough read, but I will see how far I can make my way through it.

I became interested in reading Ulysses when I heard Garrison Keillor mention it on his radio program, The Writer’s Almanac, on June 16. In that particular episode, Garrison Keillor noted, “Today is Bloomsday, the day on which the action in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses takes place in 1904.” Garrison Keillor continued, “Leopold Bloom, the main character of Ulysses, does not have much work to do, so he spends most of his day wandering around Dublin doing some errands.”

Garrison Keillor observes that, on this day in 1936, Charles Hardin “Buddy” Holly was born in Lubbock, Texas. I have heard that, when he was alive, people in Lubbock were not overly fond of him, but, after he died, the town fell in love with Buddy Holly.

Quoting Mr. Keillor, “Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.”®


  • I have never read Ulysses, because it scares the crap out of me, but I once read an interesting point about Finnegans Wake - that it may be the only major work of literature written by someone who was insane. Something to keep in mind as you delve into Joyce's mind.

    By Blogger Greg, at 9:22 AM, September 07, 2005  

  • Your post about why I am leaving Houston was eerily accurate, Matt.

    By Blogger Thomas, at 6:03 PM, September 07, 2005  

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