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melonsmellonous osculation

“He kissed the plump mellow yellow smellow melons of her rump, on each plump melonous hemisphere, in their mellow yellow furrow, with obscure prolonged provocative melonsmellonous osculation.”

— James Joyce, Ulysses


Reading as (True) Travel: Part 3

The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.” Arthur C. Clarke

Having looked at a few of the classics of ‘travel’ or adventure literature in Part 2, I thought it would be worth considering the outer limits of the genre in this post. 810 more words


Dating Advice From Classic Non-Jane Austen Literature

This week, Melville House released The Jane Austen Rules: A Classic Guide to Modern Love by scholar Sinéad Murphy. It’s a dating advice book culled from the Austen oeuvre, with chapters entitled things like “Dress Up,” “Find a Man, Not a Guy,” and “Be Quite Independent.” 1,158 more words


‘Well, I’ve never heard it called that before’: Good & Bad Sex in Fiction

Telle me also, to what conclusioun
Were membres maad of generacioun
And of so parfit wys a wright y-wroght?
Trusteth right wel, they were nat maad for noght…
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Creative Writing

A Novelty: Genre and Joyce's "Ulysses"

This essay was originally composed for a tutorial on 20th-century British Fiction.  Don’t bother reading it if you are a Joyce fanatic — I’m new to the subject, and not the greatest fan of “Ulysses” to begin with.   2,615 more words


Sonnet 167

Quel bien auray-je apres avoir esté
Si longuement privé des yeux de celle,
Qui le Soleil de leur vive etincelle
Rendroient honteux au midy d’un esté ? 479 more words

Monday Poetry , "Ulysses" By : Alfred Tennyson

Sometimes walking around the counties of Kilkenny and Tipperary you get an overwhelming sense of history , old church yards with old graves, Monuments left by ancient peoples and their tribes. 610 more words

Nigel Borrington