Category Archives: James Joyce

Happy Birthday, Thornton Wilder

Three things about Thornton Wilder: 1. Peter Hunt (once Executive and Artistic Director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival) relates a story about Thornton Wilder and Nikos Psacharopoulos (founder of Williamstown). Peter Hunt: Directing is sometimes doing nothing, sometimes dowin more … Continue reading

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The Books: Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays, ‘Joyce in Bloom’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays Hitchens’ article, “Joyce in Bloom,” appeared in the June, 2004 issue of Vanity Fair. June, of course, is Bloomsday Month, an event I celebrate every year on my site … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Sylvia Beach, the “Midwife of Modernism”

Sylvia Beach is one of my heroes due to her influential bookshop in Paris (Shakespeare & Co.), and her nurturing of the writers of that time. You know, minor writers like James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, and Gertrude Stein. When nobody … Continue reading

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On This Day: February 2, 1882/1922

February 2, 1882: James Joyce was born in Rathgar, Ireland. February 2, 1922: Joyce’s Ulysses was published by Shakespeare & Co. I was on the platform, my heart going like the locomotive, as the train from Dijon came slowly to … Continue reading

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On This Day: August 7, 1934: “It must always be remembered that his locale was Celtic and his season Spring.”

The US Court of Appeals judged Ulysses by James Joyce to be NOT obscene and declared that the book could be admitted into the United States. Here’s what the first American edition of that book looked like: The book came … Continue reading

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Cheating

If James Joyce had met Nora Barnacle on June 15, then Bloomsday would be on June 15. But, as it happens, James and Nora went out walking through Dublin on June 16. That is why Bloomsday is celebrated on the … Continue reading

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The Books: The Fun of It: Stories from The Talk of the Town, edited by Lillian Ross; ‘The Joyces’, by James Thurber

Next up on the essays shelf: The Fun of It: Stories from The Talk of the Town, edited by Lillian Ross The Fun of It is a collection of “The Talk of the Town” pieces in The New Yorker, grouped … Continue reading

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The Books: A Collection of Essays, ‘Inside the Whale’, by George Orwell

On the essays shelf: A Collection of Essays, by George Orwell “Inside the Whale” is a gigantic essay which is a review of Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer (the book is its focal point), but also spans out to discuss … Continue reading

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The Books: Twenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints, ‘True Confessions’, by Joan Acocella

Next book on the essays shelf: Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints: Essays by Joan Acocella. The next essay is called ‘True Confessions’, originally published in The New Yorker. This essay is an example of what Joan Acocella does best. Although … Continue reading

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“The Catechism of the Ithaca Episode Really Helped Me Over There in Iraq.”

Marine and veteran of the war in Iraq reading from ULYSSES at Bloomsday celebration in downtown Manhattan. He said that while in Iraq he would read the Proteus episode over and over again. He said it helped give him a … Continue reading

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