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Sunday, January 23, 2022

RAW, in the new book, on Ulysses

First edition of Ulysses from 1922

Feb. 2 this year marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce's Ulysses. 

The new Robert Anton Wilson book, Natural Law  Or Don’t Put A Rubber On Your Willy And Other Writings From A Natural Outlaw, edited by Chad Nelson, has two interviews with RAW, both of them good,. 

In one of them, a KBOO-FM interview by Cliff Walker, he's asked about Joyce. Here are a couple of sentences from the answer:

"What I love about Joyce (besides introducing me to Jameson's and Guinness Extra Stout, -- the two greatest products that ever came out of Dublin) is he wrote the first relativistic novel, Ulysses. Ulysses seems to me the only realistic novel of the twentieth century, because it's the only novel that contains at least one hundred different interpretations of itself, within itself. Therefore it's contemporary with quantum mechanics and Gödel's proof in mathematics and Cubist painting and movies like Citizen Kane, where you get five versions of the same story; Joyce anticipated all of modern science, modern philosophy, and modern art. And he was very funny, too, like most Irish writers."

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