Over at Inktopia, one of my favorite bloggers took a quiz and was proclaimed to be one of my favorite books. I couldn’t wait…
and doesn’t it just figure.
by James Joyce
Most people are convinced that you don’t make any sense, but compared
to what else you could say, what you’re saying now makes tons of sense. What people do
understand about you is your vulgarity, which has convinced people that you are at once
brilliant and repugnant. Meanwhile you are content to wander around aimlessly, taking in
the sights and sounds of the city. What you see is vast, almost limitless, and brings you
additional fame. When no one is looking, you dream of being a Greek folk hero.
Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.
I don’t know whether to cry or celebrate. I’m inscrutable and loathed except by a few*, many of whom may actually be poseurs the likes of whom I’d never tolerate?
*(And now The KitchWitch will put that last nail in the coffin of her affection for me. Sigh. And I was getting to like Meatless Mondays on her site. Cuz the Joyceian innards for breakfast thing ain’t my cuppa.)
I disagree with their analysis of the book and of its popular repute, but whatever. Finding the universal and mythic in the banal isn’t…oh never mind. Who am I debating here?
I guess it’s a good thing I think Ulysses is a masterpiece in the top 10 of all time.
Here’s the quiz. Good luck.
I think their description doesn’t quite capture the importance of the book. Nor the many gazillion people who worship it. Look at it this way: this is a book that changed literature as we know it. You’re ground-breaking! You’re brilliant! Your language is dazzling!
Oh, and I have never read Watership Down. So I had zero response to what that meant. I’ll trade you, if you like! :)
Oh, and thanks so much for calling me one of your favorite bloggers. Right back atcha, sister!!!
For what it’s worth, I like you far, far, far, far, far more than I am liking Ulysses.
And even I would describe it more generously than this.
Also, like Ink, I am (apparently) Watership Down. Which I can live with.
I think I just threw up in my mouth a little!!
Like Dan, I like you far, far, better than Ulysses.
I can forgive you your love of Joyce, darling, because you are so generous with me.xoxo
Oh, Kitch, you’re sweet. Except the puking near my blog. Come on, man, you know anything sets me off these days. ;-)
Dan, I love Watership Down. I haven’t read it since high school, but remembered it changing my ideas of literature in monumental ways. Guess I have to reread, because I felt the same way about Wrinkle in Time and just reread that. Holy Religious Propaganda, Batman! That thing made me want to be a physicist but it turns out it probably kept me from dropping Catholicism for an extra couple of years.
Ink, you’re a silly dude. And I DIG that about you. Of course I’ll trade you. I’ve been called pretentious and inscrutable since middle school, so I’d like to be something, finally, that could be a watchable film adaptation.