Unexpected effects of studying for the GRE

Randa Jarrar returns to The Odyssey in preparation for the GRE literature subject test, and experiences some side effects that leave her eager to brush up on The Iliad.

I dreamt all night that I was in the ocean — easily my favorite place to be — being courted by Poseidon. Eventually, I gave in, even though he’s grudgy and doesn’t heal well, and has tendencies to be violent, all qualities that don’t match with my list of non-negotiables for a partner.

But I was too horny to fight, and we ended up having all sorts of, um, intercourse, even though he was at least 20 feet tall.

(Image of 3rd century African mosaic found here.)


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