Currently reading

The Art of Fiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers
Ayn Rand, Tore Boeckmann, Leonard Peikoff
The Name of the Rose
Umberto Eco
Ghostwritten
David Mitchell
To the Lighthouse
Virginia Woolf
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Edward Gibbon, Daniel J. Boorstin, Gian Battista Piranesi, Hans-Friedrich Mueller
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Douglas R. Hofstadter
Perfect Wrong Note - Learning to Trust Your Musical Self
William Westney
The Prince
Niccolò Machiavelli
The Varieties of Religious Experience
William James
Twenty Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy
G. Lee Bowie, Robert C. Solomon

A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - Seamus Deane, James Joyce Portrait of the Artist was good; good at putting me to sleep! Actually that's only partially true. The beginning, when Daedalus was a child just wasn't particularly compelling to me to me. My long-time suspicion that I'm not a fan of coming-of-age books (Bildungsroman's according to Wikipedia) was confirmed as I read in detail of incidents on the playground and discussions between 10 year old's. I slept through my bus stop during one such discussion. I ended up having to take another bus (the 44) and got home 30 minutes late, but I digress.As Stephen grew older, the book became more interesting. Quite a bit of the plot is centered around his feelings (and actions) in regard to truth, religion and women. The writing, as I fully expected from an author as celebrated as Joyce, is great. There are some interesting philosophical dialogs on art and beauty. Stephen's internal dialogs also often sounded familiar. Thoughts on guilt. On change. On family, etc.Really though, it's just not my kind of book. It's too internal, too dreary and depressing. I occasionally I enjoy that in a book, but this time I don't feel like I am coming away with any major insights into human nature. I'm glad I read it, but mostly just because now I know.