A “Lotus-Eaters” Preview And The Merits Of A Kinesthetic Learning Approach To Ulysses

by BEN and ERIN VORE

We’ve got our work cut out for us. After Lizaanne very capably and efficiently funmarized “Calyspo,” the bar has been set quite high for “The Lotus-Eaters.” We will begin tag-twreading it tomorrow with posts to follow.

In preparation for our assignment, and to immerse ourselves in all things Joyce, one of us has been wearing an eyepatch ever since Wandering Rocks launched.

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Yarrrrr, matey!

This led to the following conversation which took place in the Vore bathroom this morning:

BEN [sitting on toilet]: I notice you don’t take your eyepatch off when you shower.

ERIN [in towel and eyepatch]: Yeah. So?

BEN: It’s really starting to smell.

ERIN: You’re taking a dump and you’re telling me my eyepatch smells?

BEN: I’m a kinesthetic learner. If I want to really understand Leopold’s scatalogical fetishes, I’ve got to walk a mile in the man’s shoes.

ERIN: You’ve been on the pot since Thursday.

BEN: Have I?

ERIN: And you’ll never finish “The Lotus-Eaters” episode so we can write it together if all you do is read — and then wipe yourself with — a prize titbit titled Matcham’s Masterstroke.

BEN: But it’s quite good! It has inspired me to manage a sketch.

ERIN: Has it.

SCOOTER THOMAS [sauntering into the room]: Mkgnao!

ERIN: I never saw such a stupid pussens as the pussens.

BEN: Wait. Is he wearing a little kitty eyepatch too?

SCOOTER THOMAS: Mrkgnao!

BEN: That looks ridiculous on him.

ERIN: I think he looks cute.

BEN: And Leopold thought cats were the cruel animal.

ERIN: Hush. Tell me — which dress goes best with my eyepatch?

The marital hijinks and astute literary analysis continue tomorrow!

Bring on The Lotus Eaters!

(Mrkgnao!)

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3 Responses

  1. I’d much rather read your sketches than Leo’s!

  2. Not to nitpick (though we should all enjoy having our nits picked), Joyce didn’t always wear an eyepatch. Just after major surgeries. Which he had quite a few. (Imagine how awesome early 20th century eye surgery was.)

    But thinking about Joyce’s eye trouble makes me recall Katie’s finding about Stephen’s broken glasses and how that caused him to be more inverted, thus the internal monologue of Proteus. Joyce must have been sensitized to this connection. Again, something to pay attention to.

    And don’t get me started on “mrkgnao.” Entire papers have been written on this (as well as Bloom’s faulty conventional imitation “miaow” on p. 67). For example, Jennifer Levine writes “A certain position is being staked out here. The writer of Ulysses makes it clear that, unlike Bloom, he has an obligation to the truth of that cat’s talk and the ability to transcribe it.” Mrkr is also a covert allusion to the Greek spelling of Hermes, giving it epic messenger significance, as well as it evokes the allusive and symbolic logic of the book.

    Good luck, you two. I certainly hope your kinesthetic learning practices lasts to the Nausicaa episode.

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