I do not understand much in modern art, modern poetry, and modern literature. When I hear on all sides, from professors in colleges and universities--more particularly, those in American institutions--when I hear them placing James Joyce's work (especially his Ulysses) among the creations of genius and fulsomely praising it, I am dumbfounded! I feel like Mansfield when, after trying to read this book, she wrote, "This is the future, and I'm glad I've got tuberculosis." As we know, she died from this dreadful disease. I do not take so black a view as hers because I believe the future contains positive as well as this negative material.
-- Notebooks Category 14: The Arts in Culture > Chapter 4: Reflections On Specific Arts > # 70