Ulysses: To Read or Not To Read, that is the allusion to Joyce’s other influence

Divided into three parts, of which cover a series of episodes depicted in Homer’s Odyssey, Joyce’s opus alternates time, perspective, and prose; sometimes these differentiations are spaced apart, and even make up whole episodes, though at others, they integrate themselves seamlessly in the course of a sentence.

A novel that may take you a couple of runs to fully understand and grasp, but one worth the struggle and endurance required; it is 750 pounds, which could be quite the endurance for any reader, let alone a non-seasoned one.

But, without sounding too bourgeois, the work itself, which is to say Joyce, is really enjoyable and funny; both esoterically delivered; he makes you earn that laugh – the sort of laugh that has you saying “I get it,” as you lightly chuckle to yourself.

Though I wouldn’t recommending this book if your intention is to laugh. Anyone reading this knows they are doing so, either because they are forty and have read Dubliners and Portrait and there’s nothing else to read or because their ego isn’t inflated enough: nothing looks better on a reading resume than Ulysses.

For more on James Joyce, click here. 

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St. Clair Cookies

This is for a project and will soon be taken off.

Witty Woody Allen

“Right not it’s only a notion, but I think I can get money to make it into a concept… and later turn it into an idea.”

A line from Annie Hall, spoken during a conversation between film executives; perfectly captures the procrastination of the artistic process. Or rather the number of false starts that typically make-up the beginning of any project. Satirizes how those involved speak in the ideologies of their concepts, notions, and ideas, as opposed to the procedures and actions found in an actual project.

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Synecdoche, New York

A film, by the very talented Charlie Kaufman, is about a man compartmentalizing his life into terms in which he feels he can understand, or at the very least make art out of; his purpose it to make meaning of his pain. And anxiety. The word ‘synecdoche’ means to replace a part with a whole – I’m am the law – or vice versa – all hands on deck. In this case, it simply means that Caden Cortard (a syndrome in which one believes they are already dead) replaces life with theater. In doing so, he loses himself in his imagination, slowly disillusioned into seeing all his ideas come to fruition – but when all he knows or creates is more suffering, disappointment and longing, he destroys all the relationships around him.

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Which Do You Choose?

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“To play without passion is inexcusable!”

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Beethoven Wisdom

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“In secret we met,
In silence I grieve,
That thy heart could forget,
Thy spirit deceive.”

Lord Byron ‘When We Two Parted’

Byron Wisdom

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The SocialGround

Welcome to Notes From The Social Grounds. While here, feel free to read up on our philosophical and existential discussions, influenced – as you may have guessed – by one of the great writers of Russia: Fyodor Dostoevsky. Contemporary opinion will reiterate classic and modern debates, open to interpretation and outside contentions – contradicting fallacies encouraged. This is the socialground.