Ulysses: The Beginning.

by Marinka on April 19, 2009

We are a small but proud group. We are not afraid of intellectual stimulation. We are committed to reading James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Our reasons for doing this are varied, and include, but are not limited to:

1. Intellectual stimulation. Of which we are not afraid.
2. Feelings of intellectual superiority that will follow intellectual stimulation.
3. Accomplishing a goal.
4. Bragging to everyone about accomplishing a goal.

The people who expressed an interest in reading Ulysses are:

Suzannah (please send me a link to your blog if you have one!)
Pseodonymous High School Teacher

Comedy Goddess
Amy–Milk Breath and Margaritas
Mommy Time

I have accomplished Step One: Bought the Book. For those of you who are not up for this dramatic step, you can download the book for free at Project Guttenberg. Thanks to Peajaye for sending me the link.

The book is divided into 18 episodes, although in my edition of the book the start and end of the episode are not clear. Through intense research, I did learn that Part I consists of three episodes, and is about 50 pages long so lets read that by next weekend. Next Saturday, I will put up a post about what we’ve read and link to any of you that want to do a post as well. My goal is to have a discussion about our experience of reading the book. As bloggers and readers, we all bring different and unique things to the table, and that is what I hope to elicit. So please don’t worry about references or not being academic enough.

There’s a story that I heard and I’m too nervous to Snopes it to find out if it’s true or not about Joyce talking to Jung about Joyce’s daughter’s schitzophrenia diagnosis. Joyce was incredulous, saying, in effect, how could it be? She thinks the way that I write. And Jung supposedly replied, “You’re in the same pond, but you’re swimming and she’s drowning.” I’ve always been interested in the continuum that I am certain exists between genius and madness. And I have a feeling that it’s on full display in Ulysses.

So, for those that signed on for this, good luck! Let’s have fun with this.
And if you’re now dying with envy that you’re not part of this exclusive intellectualy stimulated group, great news! It’s not too late to sign up. Just leave a comment and I’ll add you. FOR FREE. It’s like I’m some kind of a saint or something.

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