Go Ahead. Eat the Apple.
Having under his belt a sexual relationship with his nineteen-year-old cousin from when he was thirteen, Patrick expressed the belief that girls don’t handle that kind of incest well, but that it can be the best thing ever to happen to a boy. He thusly regarded his own experience, and how could this be? Maybe because from there it was all downhill. If you compared his first, which was fantastic in a forbidden fruit sort of way with the many dreary affairs to follow, then yes, in that context it was the best thing ever to happen. Yet that relationship with his cousin would undermine his ability to have rewarding ones later on.
If you compared Ulysses, which was fantastic in a seeing-God, crack cocaine sort of way with the many dreary Postmodernist volumes to follow, then yes, in that context it was the best book ever to happen…
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