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Monday, April 7, 2008

Best book of le Vingtième Siècle? Sure, why not…

As a young man…I bought a copy of Joyce’s Ulysses. I tried to read it a few times but never got past page 3. For a quarter-century book sat on bookshelves in my various abodes and mocked me. Mocked me! I realized that no one’s ever actually read Ulysses and I didn’t need to feel bad about it. My copy was Goodwilled without any qualms.

But now, through the simultaneous miracles of public domain and the Bookeen Cybook, I’m going to attempt to read Ulysses again. Wish me luck. Tell my wife I love her and that I was thinking of her and the kids.

(As I was writing this I recalled that it was actually Finnegans Wake that mocked me, mocked me, for a quarter-century, but Finnegans Wake isn’t in the US public domain and I haven’t found an ebook yet, so Ulysses it is. Wish me luck. Tell my wife I love her and that I was thinking of her and the kids.)

Nebulous obscurity occupies space. Through the drifting fog without the gramophone blares over coughs and feetshuffling.

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