Monday, 7 May 2012
Scene: A building site in Dublin.
The new construction worker was a bit confused and asked: 'Joist? Girder? What's the difference?'
The foreman patiently explained: 'Joist wrote Ulysses, Girder wrote Faust.'
The joke is from the introductory Note on Pronounciation to John Armstrong's Love, Life, Goethe - How to be Happy in an Imperfect World (Penguin - ISBN 978-0-141-01128-8); an enthralling book currently occupying my reading hours. Not heavy going at all. More like a fireside chat; illuminating and informative without being difficult to read. A suitable book for our times.