Tuesday, August 29, 2006

You Guys Probably Won't Be Seeing Me Post Anymore About Ulysses (And That's A Good Thing)

So guess what!
Last night I finished Ulysses!
It's finished!
My task is completed!

I kinda feel guilty for reading it this fast, but hey, I had a lot of spare time. Anyways, right now I'm too tired of that damn book to write more than a paragraph about it, so maybe I'll analyze it in a couple years. I thought it was interesting though, certainly not like anything I've read before. It's definitely something that I can think about after I've read it.

*Warning, this paragraph contains opinions. If you don't agree with me, let me know, but don't expect me to change my opinion.
I've heard of people that believe because I'm 14 I shouldn't be reading a book like Ulysses. I assume, because of the sexual content. I certainly did not skip the "mature" parts of the book, and I honestly don't think I've been harmed in doing so. How do their parents expect teens to learn about sexuality, if they don't talk to them about it. I don't think that ignorance will help with anything. I'm not suggesting that little kids should be reading Ulysses, if you're not mature enough to understand the book, you probably aren't mature enough to read the sexual parts. I think people should use their best judgment when dealing with this. Is it really fair to wait until your kid gets pregnant, or impregnates someone else to teach them what birth control is. Anyways, that issue is a lot more complicated. But my point is exposure to some things like Ulysses won't harm someone like me, who wants to learn, and who might not benefit from ignorance. But really, it's not just black and white.

Enough errpinions. I strongly suggest checking out the opener of SLC on Thursday. Cause it might even feature your favourite 14 year old Ulysses reader. I don't guarantee it, but you never know.


Update: They didn't play any of moi today (I probably sound pitifully along with Peter Mansbridge, Anne Maria Tremonti, Paul Henderson and Jian's Dad) but they might have something on Friday. Again, I don't guarantee it...


Ariel S. Hyre said...

\/\/3\/\/1!!!! |>0\/\/|\|463 6141!!!

Hah. Done now. MAJOR PROPS for rockin' da HIZZLE!

You have won ten pounds of digital chocolate from me. ^^

Allison said...

yeah, congrats on finishing.
i'll finish mine when i'm unemployed or something, that book just takes too much time. but right on!!
i send you a high 5 over the blogsphere :)

Barbara said...

Good on you! You are my fav, 14 year old Ulysses reader!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You beat the Jianster!

Way to go. And yes, I agree that kids should not have literature kept form them because there is "content". Eva read Trainspotting at 12.

hilary m. said...

Haha, thanks Ariel. Unfortunatly, I'm not fluent in 1337, but I totally understand the part about digital chocolate. =)

Thanks Allison! That's probably a good idea, I'm the queen of spare time, that's probably why I finished so fast. Great, chocolate + a high 5!

Awesome Barbara W., I'm very proud to be someones fav 14 year old Ulysses reader. (I'm probably not Jian's, considering I'm so mean to him).

I totally did Barbara B., he'll probably have bad dreams about being beaten by a 14 year old girl. Heehee.
Good for Eva, I think I was reading the Harry Potter's when I was twelve. Which kind of rhymes with Trainspotting... Harry Potter...ing? Oh well, did you know J.K Rowling likes the Smiths?

Ariel S. Hyre said...

Heh, sorry. Translation: Woot!!!! Pownage girl!!!

P.S. I finished too, tonight. Thanks for helping me get my reading-muse back!

P.P.S. Don't worry, I'm sure Jian still loves you. I mean, how could he not?

hilary m. said...

Awesome Ariel!!! (Thanks for the translation).
We have proven that a couple teenage girls are usually better at reading than a silly CBC personality in his late 30's. Ahhh, I'm getting mean again.

Ariel S. Hyre said...

Yeah that was kinda mean. Remember Scott. Feel the love, and don't be hatin'. Besides. I happen to like said silly CBC personality. And come on, does he really act his age? ; )

Ben Heller said...

Congratulations. You've achieved something I couldn't have done and that's to read a book from cover to cover. It's taken me 3 months to get halfway through Mario Puzo's "The Godfather".

I must stop reading these music mags.

What's next for you ?

Ariel S. Hyre said...

Conduct Unbecoming by Randy Shilts, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by Joyce, The Quark and the Jaguar by Murray Gell-Mann, and a few manga for fun. Oh yeah, War and Peace too.

I'm serious.

hilary m. said...

I'm way too mean to Jian. He doesn't act or look his age. So I guess it's okay.

Haha, next for me is probably Star Magazine. I'm sick of big books. Although I might try to go over some of the parts in Ulysses I think I missed.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I loved how Peter Mansbridge pwnd Jian with "you're no George Stroumboulopoulos"!

Barbara said...

Yeah that was priceless... lol
I am reading Thieves of Baghdad by Col. Matthew Bogdanos. Ever since George interviewed him I have been curious to read this book. I watched the interview three times at least...
Great book so far. Normaly I am not a fan of non-fiction but I have been reading a lot of non-fiction this summer. I might be acting my age or something. Yikes!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

And you were name-dropped once again on Friday!

hilary m. said...

I was happy to hear about my progress while sitting on my big comfy chair, staring at the mountains of BC. It was even funnier to hear all the correspondents on together though.