Do You Like Starbuck?

Flipping through long list of books I have yet to read and even a goodly number that I have already read I was overcome by a curious sense of urgency, possibly corresponding to my rapidly advancing years. It started in the Js and became stronger as I scanned through the Ks and Ls, becoming a visible trembling as I dipped into the Ms. Could it be?

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It’s Almost Bloomsday Again

The author kept getting bogged down in details instead of moving
the storyline along, because we don’t need to know everything
about the characters, just enough to keep reading until the climax 
of the story; if you compare it with something like the Hunt for
Red October you’ll see what I mean.

JoyceThat is a recent review of Ulysses by James Joyce culled from the riches of erudition commonly found on Amazon. Although this blurb is highly representative of the dumbing-down of civilization I can’t help but suspect it to be a ruse … anyone who represents the culmination of Ulysses as a climax just has to be an avid reader of Joyce.

The question posed in this weeks NYT Book Review is “How Would ‘Ulysses’ Be Received Today?”

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