Category Archives: James Joyce

Bloomsday 2014

Emcee Colum McCann kept things running smoothly, no small feat with the amount of readers participating, Guinness in hand. Larry Kirwan, of Black 47, who’s been to every Bloomsday celebration at this venue since its inception (and I was at … Continue reading

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Happy Bloomsday From Your Hostess-Pirate

At any Bloomsday celebration, you will see yahoos wearing eye patches, in solidarity with the blind Stephen Dedalus in Ulysses, as well as with its mostly-blind creator, the great James Joyce. I own an eyepatch, because I am a douchebag. … Continue reading

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Ulysses Full House

“The pity is that the public will demand and find a moral in my book, or worse they may take it in some serious way, and on the honour of a gentleman, there is not one single serious word in … 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, 2012. He said that while in Iraq he would read the Proteus episode over and over again. He said it helped give him … Continue reading

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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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