'one joke' and finnegans wake

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Never read much on the Wake, so this is a start:

The LRB should give this guy some space, from here:

"Finnegans Wake is based on the structure of the zodiac, the zodiac signs being derived from the nature of numbers and a corresponding geometric sequence."

xyzzzz__, Friday, 10 December 2010 18:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

why on earth do i need to shell out $410 for a hardcover copy of this

talk talk talk (diamonddave85), Monday, 31 January 2011 18:25 (5 years ago) Permalink

you don't.

jed_, Monday, 31 January 2011 18:33 (5 years ago) Permalink

If you find $410 burning a hole in your pocket, there may be worse things to fling it away upon. Otherwise, what jed said.

Aimless, Monday, 31 January 2011 18:55 (5 years ago) Permalink

because art is dead

^probably more bullshit self-aggrandizement and non-essential info^ (Edward III), Monday, 31 January 2011 18:56 (5 years ago) Permalink


Never Make Your Moog Too Soon (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 31 January 2011 19:30 (5 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

what a fantastic piece of work this is.

red is hungry green is jawless (Noodle Vague), Friday, 23 March 2012 10:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

i was thinking of reading this over spring break

thomp, Friday, 23 March 2012 13:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

also the cantos

thomp, Friday, 23 March 2012 13:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

nv, thanks for ruining any kind of productivity i had planned for this afternoon! looks great, thx

thomasintrouble, Friday, 23 March 2012 13:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

nice. making me want to finish the fcker.

woof, Friday, 23 March 2012 14:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

i want a counterpart to those two to read, ideally something like 'pilgrimage' w/o my actually having to read 'pilgrimage'

thomp, Friday, 23 March 2012 14:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

the site looks good but a lot of its 'glosses' appear to be straight definitions of well-known words that were already appearing in FW in unaltered, Standard English form.

the pinefox, Saturday, 24 March 2012 11:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

yes some of the glosses feel unnecessary, am not sure whether the annotator feels those words are archaic or peculiar to British usage

red is hungry green is jawless (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 24 March 2012 11:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

Haha, the pinefox otm

Radio Boradman (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 24 March 2012 16:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

3 years pass...


^Shortly after finding the twitter I found a really lovely looking paperbk on Viking Press just yesterday (although it has a 'embodying all author's corrections' which did make me laugh) so now I have a copy.

Funny how that twitter account makes the wake an everyday thing.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 30 March 2015 10:55 (10 months ago) Permalink

I have at least _looked_ at every page of Ulysses, and more than half of the pages in FW. But I don't think any of Joyce is just one joke, and even when Joyce is joking I doubt he's ever "just" joking.

I suspect the Joycean impulse is more like: This be the jokeyjoke that hath occurred to me whan I found meself besat on this ineluctable shore-rock whilst thinkin this ineluctable series of thoughts. Begob and videlicet, yr man can't be expected to be shiftin out which bits are important from which bits arrrent.

This is one strain of high modernism: The jokes stay, and the Latin stays, as stay the dhrinkin and the fookin. If anything is omitted, so is the magic, which is contained in the weft of the thoughts recorded in the text. Perhaps Twitter is as good as any a way to read that kind of collage.

Nabokov is a different creature. Not so sloppy, but also not so warm. There's plenty of fun in Pale Fire, but all of it was put there intentionally, as a chisel-mark by a meticulous sculptor.

Ye Mad Puffin, Monday, 30 March 2015 15:06 (10 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...


☂ (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 9 May 2015 13:33 (9 months ago) Permalink

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