Friday, January 16, 2004

Ulysses, 15. "Circe."
My friend Mark said that he thinks "Circe" is the funniest thing he's ever read. I'm inclined to agree.

The stage direction at 15.4091-92 is gorgeous: "(Arabesquing wearily they weave a pattern on the floor, weaving, unweaving, curtseying, twirling, simply swirling.)"

I think I love it so because it captures the dance while speaking to Joyce's intricate dance of charactes and ideas that simply swirl throughout the book, but nowhere until now as much as now, in "Circe."