Drowning in Wake

He ignored his studies and read French poets, the international bilingual quarterly, Botteghe Oscure, New World Writing, but the downfall seemed to be the Russians, and, especially, James Joyce's Finnegans Wake which was an intoxicating paradigm of how the mind worked. This was a book that he drowned in. Ulysses was life on land but Finnegans Wake was a vast night ocean in which you found exhaustless places to swim.

- Jim Harrison from the novella 'Tracking' in The Summer He Didn't Die