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Old 08-05-06, 03:44 PM   #1
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humancongereel!

Time to finally reveal the passage from Joyce that explains your username to wondering minds.

That way we become more literate, and solve a nagging mystery in one fell swoop.

It's like Chaucer meets The Mystery Machine!
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Old 08-05-06, 03:50 PM   #2
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Has been explained before, but is a nice story.
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ok go ahead. =)
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humancongereel is very cool
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i just got back from a wedding with lots of free booze and i'm pretty damn hungover. so, instead of writing a response and actually thinking about the answer, i'm going to use the search function and find the thread i mentioned this in...
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okay: "it's a reference to james joyce's "character" HCE in finnegans wake. hce's name takes different forms throughout the book. for example, "hod, cement, and edifice" on page 4. this is a spot where the dreamer's ego(hce is asleep and dreaming, and the book is less a story and more a record of his thoughts and dreams during sleep) , or self-conscious mind rises to the fore. for most of the book, HCE makes only passing appearances in his own dream...i suppose i started using passages of hce as screen names through the book cuz sometimes i think of myself as being somewhat like hce, someone who lives in an illusory world. something along those lines, the whole "what is reality? is life a dream?" sort of conversation.

humancongereel i chose specifically because on other boards i've changed the screenname every couple of weeks to another one of joyce's hce acrostics. that was the one i was using when i signed up and then i found out that you can't change screen names on this forum."
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