Reading James Joyce’s Ulysses has been on my bucket list for several years; however, everything I’ve heard and read about the novel has left me hesitant to embark on the journey alone. Now I’ve found some help. Check out the Modernist Versions Project’s Year of Ulysses. The website provides a schedule for reading, serial chapter releases of the original, online lectures, and periodic twitter discussions of the book. So far, I’ve been keeping up with the reading and lectures, and I’ve found it really useful to have some additional background (and help!). I initially read the PDF version of the releases but later found it more productive to read the free iBooks version, since it has an inline dictionary. The reading pace outlined on the site is very reasonable, so I don’t have to abandon my other, lighter reading. This seems like a great model and somewhat more interactive than a traditional MOOC.
I’ve also enjoyed Jenny Colvin’s blog posts about her experience reading Ulysses. Jenny was kind enough to gift me some audible credits to get the audio version of the book. Thanks Jenny! My plans are to revisit chapters I’ve read on a long run (once my achilles heals—kind of ironic).
Some bass-driven inspiration:
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