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

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 disposition are duly warned, again, that James Joyce enjoys the language in all its fecund nuttiness.

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  • Mick Fealty

    What can be said, other than that video gets better every year?

  • There is no more disheartening phrase than “Joycean Scholar”. and presumably if David Norris gets the Presidency Bloomsday will replace St Patricks Day. Which would be appropriate as theres as many pretentious phoneys out in Dublin today than there was on the 17th March.

  • Pete Baker

    Indeed, Mick.

    It’s become my annual treat 😉

  • Everybody’s annual treat, Pete. I never tire of watching it.

  • Mick Fealty

    Chill out Fitzy, you’re beginning to sound like the boul Joyce himself, without all them fancy words of course…

    Homework between now and next Bloomsday: read the book!

  • PaddyReilly

    Appalling misrepresentation. Joyce, though he did describe characters who used the F word, most notoriously the English privates Compton and Carr in the Circe episode of Ulysses, never swore himself, and even blushed when ill-informed persons saw fit to do so in his presence.

  • Paddy, you need to chill out too.

  • Pete Baker

    And the award for missing the point goes to…

  • pippakin

    I was going to say something pithy about Joyce but then I thought of Rory…

  • gréagóir o frainclín

    “I confess that I do not see what good it does to fulminate against the English tyranny while the Roman tyranny occupies the palace of the soul.”