Brevity by Dan Thompson


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  1. Varnes

    Varnes said, over 3 years ago

    Anybody have a clue about this one?

  2. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Don’t worry, sweetie…
    no one else can understand him either….

  3. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu said, over 3 years ago

    One of the books at the top of the list after I’ve read every other book that I want to read.

  4. jreckard

    jreckard said, over 3 years ago

    Not a very good portrait of the young man.

  5. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    AS for why he’s saying “Idjit….”

    Not sure, other than calling her one…

    BUT… and this is obscure…..

    I remember that spelling from a fragment of an old Irish rhyme about Jews,
    which would now be considered anti-Semitic….

    Which may have been something I read in “Ullyses…”

    (a book I’ve been intending to finish for…
    since I was 16-ish.)

    The main character is a Jew in Dublin, so it would make sense… sort of…

    But if by any chance that’s the connection, Dan wins this week’s Obscurity Prize.

  6. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Exactly, Otto.

  7. Varnes

    Varnes said, over 3 years ago

    Good one, Otto….Ha!

  8. P P

    P P said, over 3 years ago

    James Joyce is Irish. “Idjit” is a variation of the spelling of how “idiot” is pronounced in Ireland. And yet another word the book says that the lady doesn’t understand.

  9. P P

    P P said, over 3 years ago

    I was more interested in what happened to her feet. It looks like her left heel is in the front of her foot.

  10. pschearer

    pschearer GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    A paragraph from a randomly selected page:

    “Bag of corpsegas sopping in foul brine. A quiver of minnows, fat of a spongy titbit, flash through the slits of his buttoned trouserfly. God becomes man becomes fish becomes barnacle goose becomes featherbed mountain. Dead breaths I living breathe, tread dead dust, devour a urinous offal from all dead. Hauled stark over the gunwale he breathes upward the stench of his green grave, his leprous nosehole snoring to
    the sun.”

    This is what passes for great literature in an age that lauds frauds who splatter paint on a canvas and call it art.

  11. celecca

    celecca GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I had to read Finnegan, Portrait, and Ulysses, and the only thing I remember is “there was a little moo cow”

  12. olddog1

    olddog1 said, over 3 years ago

    I got through Ulysses, but not Finnigan’s Wake, which this seems to reference. I have seen idiot spelled and pronounced as idjit when quoting the uneducated.

  13. emptc12

    emptc12 said, over 3 years ago

    I read ULYSSES every few years. It’s a great book, rather assembled than written, as the music of Stravinsky is said to be. It’s a tour de force, and certainly not an easy book to comprehend. I think you have to have lots of quiet time and a literary background to really appreciate it because it draws from so many different sources.
    It all takes place on June 16, 1904, and the different chapters relate to the 12 books of Homer’s ODYSSEY. It was banned in the U.S. for many years (for language and sexual situations), and American tourists used to bring back copies from overseas (THE NEW YORKER had a few cartoons about this at the time).
    “Idjit” is probably a background character’s patois pronunciation directed toward character Leo Bloom somewhere in the book. Other unusual terms used are “agenbite of inwit” and “ineluctable modality of the visible.”
    One of these years I’m going to plow completely through FINNEGANS WAKE (note there is no apostrophe for the possessive) a much more difficult book. You really have to read books to read these books.
    I’m glad that somewhere among everything written, there are books such as these still published.

  14. Ant Dude

    Ant Dude said, over 3 years ago


  15. jmcx4

    jmcx4 said, over 3 years ago


    A lot of great literary characters used the term. Here is a an example:

    Yosemite Sam: That consarn idjit rabbit bit me nose!

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