All you need to read Ulysses…

I am a few days late for the June 16 celebration of Bloomsday, the date when James Joyce’s Ulysses takes place, but a piece in the Economist’s Prospero blog was too entertaining to pass up. In the post, a friend of the author argues there are two kinds of readers–those who have read Ulysses and those who haven’t. I would disagree. … Continue reading

Book 1.3 If on a winter’s night a traveler

Italo Calvino’s writing gets me thinking about the importance of words, how they can, when treated conscientiously, carry great weight both on their own and in the company of their neighbors. Calvino’s writing is bright and he avoids a lot of highfalutin Latinates. Perhaps this is thanks to William Weaver’s translation, perhaps because Italian has a … Continue reading