Wednesday, June 16, 2010


I read Ulysses 3 times—once when I was a child (stolen from my grandmother's bookshelf), when I was in college, and when I went to Hawaii—myself, alone in Waikiki with a massive sunburn.

Roger Ebert @ebertchicago wrote: "The key to "Ulysses" for me was an audiobook with an Irish accent. Then reading the prose felt natural."

I had my own Irish accent firmly implanted in my head—I imagined my Corkonian grandmother reading to me. It was a bit scandalous imagining her—a straight-laced Victorian woman mouthing the words of Molly Bloom.

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