Blog run by Ellen, 19. Student at Oxford. Is currently limping through 'Finnegans Wake'.
This blog is mostly about James Joyce with smatterings of Ben Whishaw, William Morris, and the odd personal post.
"The Ellenous breed are a usually a wild creature and found in the depths of caves and under rocks." -

Shut Your Eyes And See


His heart danced upon her movements like a cork upon a tide. He heard what her eyes said to him from beneath their cowl and knew that in some dim past, whether in life or revery, he had heard their tale before.

JAMES JOYCE A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916)

There are sins or (let us call them as the world calls them) evil memories which are hidden away by man in the darkest places of the heart but they abide there and wait. He may suffer their memory to grow dim, let them be as though they had not been and all but persuade himself that they were not or at least were otherwise. Yet a chance word will call them forth suddenly and they will rise up to confront him in the most various circumstances, a vision or a dream, or while timbrel and harp soothe his senses or amid the cool silver tranquillity of the evening or at the feast at midnight when he is now filled with wine. Not to insult over him will the vision come as over one that lies under her wrath, not for vengeance to cut off from the living but shrouded in the piteous vesture of the past, silent, remote, reproachful.

JAMES JOYCE Ulysses (1922)

Shut your eyes and see.

JAMES JOYCE Ulysses (1922)

But the world, mind, is, was and will be writing its own wrunes for ever,
man, on all matters that fall under the ban of our infrarational senses
fore the last milchcamel, the heartvein throbbing between his
eyebrowns, has still to moor before the tomb of his cousin charmian
where his date is tethered by the palm that’s hers. But the horn, the
drinking, the day of dread are not now.

JAMES JOYCE Finnegans Wake (1939)


The Underground Book Club’s Burn-After-Reading-List


  • Dostoevsky’s Demons
  • Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • T.S. Eliot’s Prufrock & Other Observations
  • Mann’s Doctor Faustus
  • Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra 
  • W. Somerset Maugham’s Of Human Bondage
  • Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms
  • Bertolt Brecht’s St. Joan of the Stockyards
  • Collected poems of Ezra Pound
  • Rebecca West’s Return of the Soldier
  • Reed’s Ten Days that Shook the World
  • Plays & Poems of Eugene O’Neil

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