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[singlepic id=425 w=320 h=240 float=left] Would you have guessed that the episode would end with a talking seal? Professor Gifford is kind enough to remind us that in the Odyssey, seals are connected to the sea-god Proteus–they’re his informants. And Proteus is the title of an upcoming episode–not the next one, but the one after. […]

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[singlepic id=437 w=320 h=240 float=left] And so Stephen walks away from Mulligan and Haines, ostensibly going off to work, but also having determined that he cannot come back.  He is no longer comfortable there, and really no longer welcome. As he walks away the prayer for the dying comes back to him (“Liliata rutilantium…”),  the […]

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[singlepic id=436 w=320 h=240 float=left] Well, alright. More Nietzsche, then, as Mulligan closes the loop on his Zarathustra-inspired teaching.  One of the ways Friedrich’s term “ubermensch” has been translated is “superman.”  Whether Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster had the German philosopher in mind when they invented the noblest superhero of them all is a matter […]

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[singlepic id=435 w=320 h=240 float=left] The unwanted suitors in Ithaca (in Homer’s Odyssey) are described as eating and drinking up all the wealth of the household, as they wait for Penelope to make a decision about whether to remarry.  Mulligan has no compunction about living off the charity of others, which is even more galling […]