One thing about Joyce’s Ulysses that I especially like is the way he rewrites and parodies Homer’s Odysseus. To me, parody is not a kind of denigration: to me, it is a way to pay homage to the original source.
Ergo, today I mimic the Joycean gesture and hope some of you will accompany me. Come, my friends, ‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
(small wonder that we love(d) Star Trek: hear the echoes?)
p.s. Now you know why reading and writing matter so much: it is one way to change the world.