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a lotus snack


Hi, folks– Since Voreblog will begin twreading section 5 of Ulysses today over at Wandering Rocks, I figured I’d post my book graffitti for the first part of this section.  If you want to see my remarks on section four, click here.

So, let the lotus eating begin.

“Too hot to quarrel”– It’s too darn hot! (Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate)

“Flowers of idleness”– seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness (John Keats’s To Autumn)

“Or is it the volume is equal of the weight?”– Yup, that’s me and math, alright.

“Too showy.  That must be why women go after them.  Uniforms”– yes, indeed.

“Hate company when you” — are trying to be sneaky.

“How’s the body?”– So it goes (Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse 5)

“Women all for caste till you touch the spot”– hmmm. liking Leo a bit less here.

“Dark lady and fair man”– Othello in reverse?

“Poor papa!” — Papa, can you hear me? (Legrand and the Bergman’s Yentl)

That’s enough for today.  Part 2 up soon. 

Leave a comment with some of your book graffitti from this section.

Bloom emerges


I’ll be leading this section {Calypso– section 4} with Wandering Rocks.  (I’ll let you know when I start.  We are still on the very difficult section 3 at the moment.) There, I will attempt to sound learned and wise (Ha!).  Here, however, will be my silly marginalia.  For those of you who have been following this series (oh, you poor, unfortunate souls), here we go again…

“Clean to see: the gloss of her sleek hide, the white button under the butt of her tail, the green flashing eyes”– Hello, Stella Luna– my cat the gracious, kind, and benevolent animal upon whom I am allowed to wait hand and foot.

“Mrkgnao! the cat cried”– Stella makes that same exact sound!

“Nothing she can eat?’– the cupboard is bare

“she prefers yesterday’s loaves turnovers crisp crowns hot”– She Who Must Be Obeyed [John Mortimer’s Rumpole series]

“His eyes rested on her vigorous hips.”– Everybody ought to have a maid [Stephen Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum]

“He held the page from him: interesting: read it nearer”– playing trombone

“Make hay while the sun shines”– a roll in the hay?

“They like them sizeable”– nice to know that someone does

Stella Luna-- who stars in this section      Stella Luna– who stars in this section