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I just got done with Moneyball. The guy knows how to write great books and even though my knowledge of baseball was laughable, I still enjoyed the read.
I read Moneyball before the time Billy Beane was the SOA keynote speaker.

That was an awesome talk.

He brought graphs!

And correlation coefficients!
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The Perfect Blend was very forgettable. Finished it with quite a bit of plane flight to go, so I started Lea Wait's Shadows of Down East Summer. Much better so far.
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just bought about 20 books at the library for $2. Half of them are for the kids, but I did finally pick up Ulysses by Joyce. I guess I should read it.
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just bought about 20 books at the library for $2. Half of them are for the kids, but I did finally pick up Ulysses by Joyce. I guess I should read it.


You have no idea what you're in for, do you?
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You have no idea what you're in for, do you?
No, I know pretty much what I'm in for [now]. That's why I decided I could finally read it.

And I'm going to a big family funeral event, and what better time to read James Joyce than right before/during an Irish Catholic wake?
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No, I know pretty much what I'm in for [now]. That's why I decided I could finally read it.
I figured the forearm strength you must have needed to pick up this book whose own author referred to as "my damned monster novel" must have tipped you off to some extent.

But, anyway, MP, it's not necessarily quantity that I have in mind when I talk like that about this impossibly difficult book. (And I read the annotated student edition.)

Having said that, I feel I must add: I love Joyce. And I'll take all of Ulysses's nine hundred pages over Virginia Woolf's two-hundred-page Mrs. Dalloway any old freakin' day of the week.

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I figured the forearm strength you must have needed to pick up this book whose own author referred to as "my damned monster novel" must have tipped you off to some extent.

But, anyway, MP, it's not necessarily quantity that I have in mind when I talk like that about this impossibly difficult book. (And I read the annotated student edition.)

Having said that, I feel I must add: I love Joyce. And I'll take all of Ulysses's nine hundred pages over Virginia Woolf's two-hundred-page Mrs. Dalloway any old freakin' day of the week.

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Heh.

It was a Joyce-lover making the case for reading Ulysses that made me finally make the plunge.

When someone really enjoys a work, and just wallows in it for its own pleasure, that I can understand. That's what I do with Dickens [it's definitely wallowing], and if someone can roll around in Joyce for the sheer pleasure of playing with language, or the situations, or the literary experimentation, or whatever it is the person enjoys, and reads it again and again because of that... well, okay. I'll try it. Once.
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One of the greatest little pleasures of my life was the delight I felt at the realization that the author of this monolith of modern literature was also the same author that brought us the much-admired, much-anthologized tender little short story "Araby."
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I also want to read the Dubliners. Maybe I should read that first, but Ulysses was at the library sale, and The Dubliners was not.
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