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Four Things About Thornton Wilder

It’s his birthday today. 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 than … Continue reading

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“My Brother Thomas Will Now Recite For You The Entire Novel Finnegans Wake By James Joyce.”

That clip is 7:23 minutes long, and I found myself smiling ear to ear for the entirety of it. It is perfection. The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and Robbie O’Connell singing “Finnegans Wake”, with an amazing introduction. The whole … Continue reading

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Finnegans Wake corrected

I can’t believe I am only hearing of this now, but a new “corrected” version of Finnegans Wake is set to be published next week. The Irish Times has the story. Hmmmm. Isn’t the syntactical oddness of the language actually … Continue reading

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Today in history: February 2 (1882, and 1922)

Two things happened on today in history: February 2, 1882: James Joyce was born in Rathgar. February 2, 1922: Joyce’s Ulysses was published by Shakespeare & Co. James Joyce had already written a collection of short stories (Dubliners – excerpt … Continue reading

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Joyce Reading Finnegans Wake

A very interesting article about hearing writers read their own work, and the shock that can come hearing the actual voice. The British Library has released a CD series of the recordings they have in their archives. Here’s an article … Continue reading

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“O tell me all about Anna Livia!

I want to hear all about Anna Livia. Well, you know Anna Livia? Yes, of course, we all know Anna Livia. Tell me all. Tell me now. You’ll die when you hear.” — Finnegans Wake, James Joyce A wonderful post … Continue reading

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Will Ferrell: “James Joyce spent a lot of his life living outside of Ireland. I too have spent a lot of time living outside of Ireland.”

Congrats to Will Ferrell – latest recipient of the James Joyce award. Now, honestly, you have to read the article – check out the OUTFIT he wore to accept the award. I’m howling!! And his comments on Joyce (“As I … Continue reading

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The Books: “Finnegans Wake” (James Joyce)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction: Finnegans Wake by James Joyce.

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“I don’t know anyone who drinks Swiss wine”

Lettie Teague – wine editor of Food & Wine – wrote the following in regards to Joyce’s penchant for Swiss wines. His French friends were horrified at his awful taste in wine – but here is Teague weighing in: I … Continue reading

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“The work is not written in English, or in any other language, as language is commonly known.”

From the archives: a baffled review of Finnegans Wake. It’s very funny reading. I love how he says that this is a book where “all is considered”. That’s pretty much the size of it. And listen to THIS language: “In … Continue reading

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