As SF Weekly noted yesterday, Lars Russell, a San Francisco-based writer, starting reading the entirety of Finnegans Wake out loud at Civic Center Plaza near the San Francisco Public Library. The work, Jocye's final piece, is, to say the least, idiosyncratic. Here's Wake's first sentence, which wraps around the to final sentence, making the magnum opus a circular work, et cetera, et cetera, and so forth :

riverrun, past Eve and Adams, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth, Castle and Environs.


We haven't read it. Most people haven't read. Graduate students trying to get into the pants of undergraduates typically claim to have read it. Have you read it? It's a very, very tough read.

Anyway, there was a Finnegans Wake book group, called Finnegan's Wake Popcorn, that recently disbanded. Russell here started reading it yesterday (Wednesday) and hasn't slept since. If you're near Civic Center, you might want to stop by to see if he's still at it.