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“He licked thick word soup” Joyce App by jjqblog
December 15, 2014, 4:26 AM
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A new Joyce app is another in a recent string of Joyce-related digital toys and tools. The app, called “He licked thick word soup,” allows users to physically manipulate chunks of text. The app wants to make the experience of Ulysses more tactile by requiring readers to move strings of text around with their fingers on a touch screen phone or tablet. The app consists of four increasingly difficult episodes. By the end of the process, the user will have untangled as many as 100 sentences from throughout Ulysses.The designer Ariel Malka, from Tel Aviv, chose Ulysses for his project because the novel represents a unique reading experience and because Joyce consciously filled it with puzzles. His app forces users to slow down and engage with the work by making them “literally wrestle” with the strings of text. “He licked thick word soup” is available from both Android and iOS app stores. Read more about the app here and here.

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