Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Check out my new writing website, I'm away for two weeks

Going surfing for a couple. I'm sure you readers are going to miss me by your thousands and tens of thousands. And yes, I'm bringing ULYSSES with me.

You can check out my new writing website, wherein I talk about my novels and other tremendously exciting stuff: Novelist in Paradise


Blogger pk said...

Well done for taking the time and effort.

Don't worry, I read U in Cambodia, Singapore and Vietnam (not to mention Oz) and as you'll see in a minute, it's all been done before.

I am a great lover of U. It's been a big part of my life for about 7 years now and I'll go on being involved with it happily for the rest of my life. It's not anti-semetic, it's not misogynistic, it's everything, it contains multitudes (to coin and steal a phrase from WW) and it can't be reduced to simplistic takeaway aphorisms. It is epic in its ordinariness and simply complex with myriad profundities for plumbing.

But there's help around, you don't have to soldier on in 1/2 hope 1/2 skepticism, if I've skimmed/read you right. And I can't explain why you can't really realize the true extent of the profundity until at least the end of the first read. It's so allencompassing and encyclopedic in structure that the only way to see the whole is to get to the end so you can stand at a distance and contemplate the ocean of amazingness that you've traversed.

That's not projecting ultra-inordinate complexity onto it (but it can be, if you want it - it's there if needs be) or crafting it into some snobby academic cloister oyster; it just happens to cover so much territory of humanity in so great a scope, that it can't either be dismissed or categorized lightly as just any other book for a quick absorption; it is a monument to the common person, the battler, the everyman and to the greatness of the human spirit.

I'm not sure why I've waxed on lyrical here proselytizing on Ulysses' behalf. Or maybe I do - I hesitated and wrote several unused drafts to a post on my new weblog which was to be reflective of this being banned books week. Ultimately, I chose to quote some people, add some pictures and link up a whole bunch of useful resources, so that my own admiration for it wasn't going to get in the way of making a dispassionate presentation. So I suppose having my inherant personal energy for the book that I'd sublimated, is coming out here, because it's easier to communicate sincerity when it's one-on-one and irrelevant really that we don't know each other.

So here's a link to the entry on my weblog I did a couple of days ago.

You *might* otherwise enjoy or find useful some of the links I posted and you may even actually like the rest of my site. But I'm not particularly looking for customers - there's no adverts yet so traffic is kind of a secondary issue, although I'm pretty sure it's already getting a bit.

If you're going to respond - and I won't overly care if you don't - you'll have to email me because I won't remember to come back here. I found this site accidentally when I searched on bibliodyssey on google. Funny old world.

Best wishes and I really hope you grow to enjoy Ulysses. All those people for the last 80-odd years weren't wrong about it I promise!

Sydney, Oz.

6:45 AM  
Blogger Richard Lewis said...

Hey, thanks PK. ULYSSES is sort of filtering its way down into my brain.

I should a known ULYSSES would a been read in Cambodia.

12:20 PM  

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