New York Times
Publish and Cherish
“O, rocks! she said. Tell us in plain words.” So goes Molly Bloom’s plea to Leopold to explain metempsychosis, the transmigration of souls.
I thought of this line often while reading Kevin Birmingham’s “The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses,’ ” a rich, detailed, mostly wise account of how the novel’s decade-long ban inspired the modernizing of the legal definition of obscenity and extended the categories of speech covered by the First Amendment.