The Illustrated Finnegans Wake
You know what I can’t stand?
Those stupid blogs about some guy tracking his progress reading through a book or a bunch of books. Ugh. What a horrible idea.
I jest. Actually, I love those blogs–uh, I write one–and that’s why I thought it was cool to find this little gem a few weeks ago.
This guy is reading his way through James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake. But there’s a catch: He’s illustrating the book as a he goes. He calls it a “foolhardy attempt,” but I think it’s a pretty cool idea.
The guy’s name is Stephen (Is the that really his name? Or a homage to Joyce’s Stephen Dedalus?). He explains the trickiness of illustrating the book this way:
“Nothing that appears in Finnegans Wake is ever just one thing. How exactly do you draw a talking fox which is also a mouse, one of two arguing brothers, a pope, and modernist author Wyndham Lewis?”
You’ve got me. I don’t have a great opinion of Finnegan’s Wake. I would rather run 5 miles wearing an Amish dress than read that whole book. But even I can appreciate this blog. It’s a unique idea that’s being well executed, and that’s what makes a great blog.
So check out Wake In Progress if you get a chance.