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Quote For The Day

Fatherhood, in the sense of conscious begetting, is unknown to man. It is a mystical estate, an apostolic succession, from only begetter to only begotten. On that mystery and not on the madonna which the cunning Italian intellect flung to the mob of Europe the church is founded and founded irremovably because founded, like the world, macro and microcosm, upon the void. Upon incertitude, upon unlikelihood. Amor matris, subjective and objective genitive, may be the only true thing in life. Paternity may be a legal fiction. Who is the father of any son that any son should love him or he any son?

Stephen Dedalus in chapter 9 of Ulysses by James Joyce

Happy Father’s Day and Bloomsday [1]¬†everyone.

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#1 Comment By matt On June 16, 2013 @ 11:39 am

Wow. Reading ‘Plato’s Pharmacy’ now, and maybe Derrida had read that passage.

#2 Comment By The Citizen On June 16, 2013 @ 2:17 pm


#3 Comment By A Shout In The Street On June 16, 2013 @ 6:32 pm

Thanks for the timely reminder of John Stanislaus Joyce’s elder son’s great book. I happened to be thinking of the Ormond Hotel passage in Sirens earlier today, the nuanced celebration and critique of the elder Joyce’s charm.

#4 Comment By Michael N Moore On June 17, 2013 @ 7:19 am

Thank you for remembering the master and his masterpiece!