Expatriot Act

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17 August 2006

I Ain't Dedalus Yet (worst joke ever)

My awesome friend Jackie decided she wants to get together a monthly reading group to discuss James Joyce's Ulysses. She posted it on Craigslist:

Are you interested in reading (or rereading!) Ulysses by James Joyce? I'd like to get a group of readers together to discuss the book monthly (Wednesday nights?)?)ed: it will actually be Tuesdays starting in September. I thought meeting at Fergie's would be appropriate! We can have some Guinness and do a chunk a month, and finish up near Bloomsday (June 16). Please contact me if this sounds like your kind of fun!

I've read The Dubliners and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and I've been wanting to read Ulysses but never thought I had the time. And although I know that this is still true, being in school again has kicked my intellectual curiosity into overdrive, so I think I'm going to give it a go. No time like the present, right? I am also going to try to learn to like Guinness and other super-dark beers, as I'm more of a Hop Devil, myself. Got to get down with my Irish ancestory!

Jackie then shared this link with me to a full-text online version of Ulysses, which will pretty much guarantee that I will never do work again. Also this explanation of Why One Should Read Ulysses is great.

Yes I realize this picture is not of James Joyce, but of Ewan MacGregor as James Joyce. But as Ewan MacGregor is my dream man, this is how it shall stand. And yes, I have seen the movie where Ewan plays Joyce, it is bloody awful but borderline pornographic, and I did like that aspect of it :)


Blogger Burntdisk said...

Took a whole course in Joyce as an undergrad. I was glad I was drinking heavily at this period in my life

2:56 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

And that was somehow different than now? ;)

I think it'll be a fun experiment, one of those things that I want to see if I can actually stick with it.

3:25 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

The Irish aren't worth learning about. =)

3:58 PM  
Blogger Burntdisk said...

Alas, now I drink every six months whether I need it or not. sigh Was Joyce REALLY an Irishman? I think he was just a Brit in makeup

4:24 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Dorothy Pound referred to him as being "terribly Irish", and yes, Meg, that is the worst joke ever.

I've read Ulysses twice, and my friend Chris has been wanting to do something similar to this. I wish I didn't have so much on my plate.

11:39 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Ooh--that reminds me: The other night I watched The Third Man for . . . I don't know. Let's say 200th time.

"I said, Mr. Martins, what do you think of Mr. James Joyce?"

11:45 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Even though it's a terrible joke, I'm glad at least one person got it!

12:18 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

You guys were meant for each other. swoon!

12:48 PM  
Blogger Burntdisk said...

Sorry, the Irish aren't usually that bloody pretentious (Irish-Anericans, on the other hand...)

1:12 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

Bill, if you'd like to be politically correct, they should be refered to as "Irish in exile"

1:23 PM  
Blogger Burntdisk said...

Agreed. But if I'm going to be politically correct, I should also ask you to sink your mandibles in my hair challenged, blue collar, alternative music listening caucasian posterior. But that's just too long ;-)

1:31 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

I'm only politically correct when referring to Irish studies.

1:38 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Maybe it is you two who are perfect for each other! Get a (chat) room! Your one-handed typing should be useful.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

My feelings are now hurt. I've been banished.

4:11 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Not banished, I was just trying to get you to feel the love.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Burntdisk said...

Trying ta get us ta feel sumtin', you were.

8:59 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

My god, I can't turn my back for one minute on you three.

12:07 PM  

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