Memorable words

give up your day job

I hope it’s not becoming lame to you guys that I quote The Writer’s Almanac so often, but it deserves it. Today is July 4th and the essay today is about James Joyce’s wedding to Nora on this day. The whole story of their romance is fantastically interesting, peppered with witty Joyce aphorisms, but my favorite, is the following paragraph and quote by his wife, Nora, (described earlier on in the essay as an “uneducated witty girl from Galway”: 


Nora, for her part, complained that Joyce knew nothing of women. She was utterly apathetic to his writing, and remarked to an admirer of his soon after Ulysses was published:

“I’ve always told him he should give up writing and take up singing.”


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