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Bloomsday

“Drowning in the last hours of the day…”

Mon 17 June 2013, 2:48pm

Tweet Somewhat belatedly, here’s the annual excellent Bloomsday video.  It’s tradition!  Those of a sensitive disposition are duly warned, again, that James Joyce enjoys the language in all its fecund nuttiness. Enjoy! more »

“Christmas for intolerable Joyceans everywhere”

Sat 16 June 2012, 12:09pm

Tweet It’s that Day again!  [Again!? - Ed].  You can spend the day listening to Radio 4.  Or you can watch this excellent video again.  It’s tradition!  Those of a sensitive disposition are duly warned, again, that James Joyce enjoys the language in all its fecund nuttiness. more »

Bloomsday: “One modern man’s silent uncertainty”

Sat 16 June 2012, 9:34am

Tweet Great piece from Colm Toibin in the Guardian… At the root of Joyce’s artistry is a radical uncertainty which allows multiple meanings and implications to live within his final story but none to dominate except the idea of the many mysteries at the core of things and one modern man’s silent uncertainty in the […] more »

“This coming 16 June, Radio 4 will be a wall-to-wall Joycefest…”

Sun 3 June 2012, 8:00pm

Tweet As The Observer’s Alex Clark notes This coming 16 June, Radio 4 will be a wall-to-wall Joycefest, kicking off at 9am and running until midnight: a new, five-and-a-half hour dramatisation of Ulysses, narrated by Stephen Rea and starring Henry Goodman, Niamh Cusack and Andrew Scott, will be punctuated by broadcasts by Mark Lawson in […] more »

“I loathe Ireland and the Irish.”

Tue 10 January 2012, 3:10pm

Tweet In the Irish Times, Brian Cosgrove takes up temporary residence in An Irishman’s Diary in the hope that, with the lifting of European copyright restrictions on James Joyce’s major works, a greater familiarity with Joyce’s “sometimes ruthless realism” may change the nature of the “annual Edwardian charade” that is Bloomsday.  From the Irish Times The devastating cultural […] more »

Has this guy crossed Dublin without passing a pub?

Fri 17 June 2011, 1:01pm

Tweet Courtesy of Alex, this guy thinks he’s cracked joyce’s ancient puzzle, with computer aided technology… He’s looking for people to falsify it, so get weaving!! Update: The Guardian seems to think Rory has proved his point… more »

“It’s Bloomsday, or Christmas for intolerable Joyceans everywhere”

Thu 16 June 2011, 1:29pm

Tweet Crooked Timber’s Kieran Healy performs “the sacred Bloomsday ritual of genuflecting solemnly before the Poster of Great Irish Writers.”  In the Irish Times, Joycean scholar Terence Killeen asks whether the lifting of copyright protection will apply to all categories of Joyce works.  And here’s that excellent video again.  It’s tradition!  Those of a sensitive […] more »

Joyce, the General Slocum and the novel as journalism…

Sun 20 June 2010, 11:19am

Tweet At the heel of the V]Bloomsday celebrations, here’s a great piece from Frank McNally in the Irishman’s Diary yesterday where he ties in the recent death of a German American woman with an Irish name to an obscure pub conversation in Ulysses: …the defining event of her extraordinarily long life was the work of a […] more »

“on the June 16th in the year of Our Lord 1904…”

Wed 16 June 2010, 11:27am

Tweet It’s Bloomsday!  And not just in Dublin, Ireland, as Frank McNally points out.  The Irish Times archive is now locked up, but the digested read I posted last year is still available.  And this is still an excellent video.  Those of a sensitive disposition are duly warned, again, that James Joyce enjoys the language in all its […] more »

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