Saturday, January 26, 2013

A different way of reading the Wake

I read an interview with the poet Susan Howe yesterday in the most recent Paris Review (No.203, Winter 2012, in case the link stops working). A big fan of Joyce--she read Portrait of the Artist in high school and it inspired her to move to her mother's native Ireland for a time in her youth--she mentions that she goes to her mother's copy of  Finnegans Wake whenever she gets stuck in her own work and finds inspiration there. She also said that, like the Bible, it is not something she could ever read straight through.  

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