Incessant joining of event and composition...It's events are becoming artistic sources even as they comand his present attention. Instead of allowing each day, pushed back by the next, to lapse into imprecise memory, he shapes again the experiences which have shaped him... In turn, the process of reshaping experience becoems a part of his life, another of its recurrent events, like rising or sleeping.
— Richard Ellmann, James Joyce: Revised Edition