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  •  'Ulysses' (6+ / 0-)

    Jung's Psychological Types

    Origins of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind impressed me so much that I over-quoted it in my thesis, Comparing Plato and Freud's Ideas of the Psyche.

    In my teens I discovered the huge and the tiny, quasars and quarks, and was blown away.

    But then, I was blown away as a child by Linda Goodman's Sun Signs, with its complex system of personalities and their constellations of traits.

    The Rolling Stone Record Guide also had a cosmic impact on me and my life.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 10:38:14 AM PST

    •  Let me hasten to clarify that, even though (2+ / 0-)
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      Diana in NoVa, RiveroftheWest

      "The Rolling Stone Record Guide also had a cosmic impact on me and my life", at the same time, it didn't really change my life. ;~)

      Perhaps I'll reconsider that in a few months time.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 11:01:25 AM PST

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    •  Brecht, that's quite a disparate selection of (2+ / 0-)
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      titles!  Congrats on reading Ulysses. James Joyce has never, um, been my cup of tea.

      "Quasars and Quarks" could be the title of a book in its own right, don't you think? :)

      Hey, I also read Linda Goodman's Sun Signs and enjoyed it.  We should compare notes some time.

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 11:19:44 AM PST

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      •  You know Joyce invented the word "quark"? (3+ / 0-)
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        barbwires, RiveroftheWest, llywrch

        Rather, it was lifted from Joyce. He "invented", in Finnegans Wake, a dictionary-full of words.

        I read Ulysses in a class by a man who had written a book on it, and was also a very engaging teacher. So he did the heavy lifting, and I got to just read.

        Sun Signs is an easy, enjoyable, and very colorful read. We will chat more about many things, this among them :~)

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 12:00:56 PM PST

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    •  In college I had an entire semester course devoted (4+ / 0-)

      only to Ulysses, I did my senior thesis on it, took a whole-year Joyce course in my ultimately aborted M.A. program, and developed a deep interest in Irish history from trying to read it.  And I've read God knows how many books about it, including a fabulous source, "The Annotated Ulysses." I'm sure I still don't get half of what he put in there.  

      Speaking of Jung, he thought that the schizophrenia of Joyce's daughter, Lucia, was her father's genius in an uncontrolled form.  It's an interesting metaphor, but many people now think that Lucia actually wasn't schizophrenic at all.  

      •  Jung had that poetic line about Joyce's deep water (3+ / 0-)

        "But you're swimming, and she's drowning".

        As for your not getting half of what's there, that's just how Joyce intended it. But you know these things already.

        Gifford's book was my prof's favorite too. I've got his guide for Dubliners & Portrait.

        I'd like to read Ulysses three more times. (My TBR list, like many of us here, is ridiculous.) 1st, without a net, just for the fun of it. 2nd, after re-reading  Dubliners & Portrait. And 3rd, with Gifford in hand. Well, we'll see.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 09:03:42 PM PST

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