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To rust unburnished

It’s a strange and difficult thing to be broken. It’s even stranger to be broken not because of excess, but because of too little. It’s strange, as Lord Tennyson says (or Ulysses if you prefer) “To rust unburnished, not to shine in use”. 398 more words


The flowers of old age

 Facebook friend left a challenge for her followers: 

“In a text post, list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. 1,163 more words

Discovering Utrecht in the Footsteps of Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus

While visiting Utrecht, my friend and I went on this really interesting walking tour where Dublin became Utrecht and Utrecht became the setting of Ulysses… 645 more words

Ulysses: A Few Thoughts on Scylla and Charybdis.

N.B. I’d planned to post this as a comment on a friend’s site, but apparently my comment is too long. So I’ll just blog it here, and post a link to this blog posting on his site. 807 more words

James Joyce

Retracing "Lestrygonians" in Modern Day Dublin

While visiting Dublin this past June, Carine and I decided to try out the “In the Footsteps of Leopold Bloom” walking tour hosted by the James Joyce Center. 435 more words

'Ulysses Prestissimo': a slam version of the whole epic


June 16th comes round again, and all over the world it is Bloomsday – supposedly a late spring day commemorating James Joyce’s meeting with Nora in Dublin. 1,602 more words

Of Literary Interest

The Siren Song and Thoughts on Long Term Investing

I recently was reminded of the great story of Ulysses, hero of Greek lore, as he sailed home toward Greece after the Trojan War, knowing that he would soon be navigating past the coastline inhabited by the lovely sirens.  353 more words

Dialogue On Discipline