Lotus Eaters: Comments by Joyce

"It is also a kind of encyclopaedia. My intention is not only to render the myth sub specie temporis nostri but also to allow each adventure (that is, every hour, every organ, every art being interconnected and interrelated in the somatic scheme of the whole) to condition and even to create its own technique. Each adventure is so to say one person although it is composed of persons--as Aquinas relates of the heavenly hosts."

(letter from Joyce to Carlo Linati, September 21, 1920,
1:146-47, Selected Letters, pp. 270-71)