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Birthday Suit

2011 May 17

This year, my birthday was on a Monday, and everyone knows Monday birthdays are kind of…sad. But this one actually turned out to be pretty great: my co-workers surprised me with donuts, Joe took me out to dinner, and then arranged for a surprise gathering of friends at my favorite neighborhood dive bar. All this after getting to see the ballet! I’m a lucky lady.

I asked Joe to snap these photos on the way to dinner, across the footbridge over the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway at the end of our street.

Dress: Gap Outlet

Cardigan: H&M

Scarf: Echo Designs (via Salmagundi, Jamaica Plain, MA)

Flats: Born (via DSW)

Owl Earrings: SXSW Poster Show 2010

I’m still in the middle of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. I’ve never read any Joyce besides Dubliners a couple times, and a failed attempt at starting Ulysses when I was about 14 and far too young and dumb to make it more than ten pages (I think I still am). I’m making an effort to read more classics, and this one is pretty good so far. However, it’s not blowing me away.

Have any of you read it? What’s your opinion on Joyce–greatest ever, or overrated?

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  1. May 18, 2011

    So cute! I love that blue.

    I’ve only read Portrait and Dubliners by Joyce. I definitely preferred the short stories, but I always think I should give Ulysses a try. I feel like Ulysses might be better in a group, so you can talk about it afterward. (Ulysses blogging book challenge?)

  2. May 18, 2011

    I struggled through Ulysses when studying for the GRE literature subject test. I didn’t finish it. We read Portrait and Dubliners in AP English in high school but I was too silly to appreciate them then. I’ve since revisited Dubliners and liked it much more. I have my grandfather’s copy of Finegan’s Wake, but it is way too intimidating.

  3. meghan permalink
    May 19, 2011

    i loooove portrait of the artist as a young man. one of my favorite books. we read it in the british lit class i took w. fr. miracky. hope you enjoy it!

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