We appear to be back with Stephen Deadalus and Buck Mulligan. The Bloom chapters are definitely easier to read. Also: I'm starting to like Stephen and Buck less and less. I guess it's kind of an unfair bias to have a problem with everyone who likes the Socratic philosophers, but I find them more and more annoying and banal, and lately it's irritating to listen to people who wax on and don't see their flaws.
That's not the only way in which Stephen is an idiot:
--Bosh! Stephen said rudely. A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.
As far as I've been able to tell, the difference between normal people and genius writers is that the geniuses make way, way more mistakes. Their mistakes are just better, or they're better at pruning them.
Descriptions of food are more fun to read than this. Though I'll admit, Stephen gets more text out of me than Bloom.