Friday, December 17, 2004

Keiran Cooke writes of the sad demise of Bewley's in Dublin here.


Now Bewley's - once described by the Irish poet Brendan Kennelly as "the heart and hearth of Dublin" - has closed, another victim of rising rents and changing tastes in the Irish capital. Goodbye to romantic memories of sitting in front of the fire and gazing dreamily out into an eiderdown of fog. Goodbye to the ghost of James Joyce, licking his fingers over sticky buns and drinking the only cup of coffee in the country that didn't taste like heated-up bog water.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Dan Harper has a nice Joyce quote in his recent Santa Cruz Sentinel article though I must take issue with his topic. He writes about the oppressive cold of Santa Cruz California. As a former Californian who is spending her first winter in the wilds of Northern Idaho I'd like to tell me Harper the following: "I know cold. Cold is a friend of mine. Mr. Harper, Santa Cruz is not cold!

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

The Oregon Register-Guard recommends James Joyce’s Dublin as a hot Christmas pick. Excerpt below:

"James Joyce's Dublin: A Topographical Guide to the Dublin of Ulysses," by Ian Gunn and Clive Hart, allows readers to trace, step by step and place by place, the meanderings about Dublin on June 16, 1904, of Leopold Bloom and dozens of other characters in James Joyce's landmark novel. (Thames and Hudson Inc., 160 pages, with 121 illustrations, $45)

Friday, October 01, 2004

I'm moving to Idaho. Got a job with the
Federal Defender's office .

I probably won't be able to resume
posting on a regular basis until the end
of November. But please make use of
the archives for the past year.

Moscow or Bust!

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Sorry to be so lax in posting. I have a job
interview in Idaho on the 20th and am semi-
preparing to relocate. So I doubt I'll start posting
again for the next few weeks.

Unemployed for seven months...wish me

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Brendan Kilty is a fine man, as you will
learn if you read this article from
The Australian.

An excerpt:

“JAMES Joyce devotee Brendan Kilty was so
outraged when he learned wreckers were to
demolished his idol's childhood home in
Dublin that he went to the site expecting to
join a throng of protesters.

"I was the only one there," he said yesterday
as he recalled the 1998 demolition of 2
Millbourne Avenue, Drumcondra. “

Monday, August 23, 2004

The DVD of Sean Walsh's Bloom will be released
in the US this week. For information on getting
a copy:


Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Here’s an interesting article (though
difficult to read due to weird graphics)
about the various versions of Ulysses.
It's called “Haveth Versions Everywhere
or Here Comes Everybody’s Edition of

Saturday, August 07, 2004

Here’s a book I’d love to have:
Joyce in Art: Visual Art Inspired by
James Joyce
. The book is a companion
to the exhibition of the same title (at the RHA
in Dublin), curated by the author for 16 June
2004, the centenary of Bloomsday.

It is the first historical account of visual art
inspired by James Joyce and includes works
by Man Ray, Brancusi, Eisenstein, Matisse,
Motherwell, Scully, Beuys, Christo, Bacon,
Hamilton, Cage, le Brocquy, Cooke and others.

Monday, August 02, 2004

Tomorrow is James Joyce Meetup Day
when you can meetup with other local people
interested in discussing the works of the Irish
author, James Joyce. The website lists members
and towns. Apparently the meetups are help
the first Tuesday of every month at 8PM in a
variety of towns in the US and Europe

Friday, July 30, 2004

You can read about a new docmentary entitled
"Following James Joyce ... Dublin to Buffalo" here.

An excerpt:

The film traces the Irish-born author's travels from
Dublin to Paris and to Pola, Croatia; Trieste, Italy;
and Zurich, Switzerland -- all cities where he
made his home at some point. It charts also the
fate of two collections of Joyce's manuscripts,
notebooks, private library, correspondence and
family portraits -- one rescued from wartime
Paris, a second procured from Joyce's friend and
publisher, Sylvia Beach -- as they made their way
to an unlikely final destination: Buffalo.

Monday, July 19, 2004

I may be getting a job in Idaho. The prospect
of relocating has caused me to sell some of
my treasures including many of my James Joyce
books. I’m selling them all together as a lot
which you can view here.
I’ll also be putting up my James Joyce Yearbook
for sale (the book that Buddenbooks is selling for
$800). If you are interested in any of these items
you can contact me at :

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

"Why Joyce’s Words are for Nora’s Eyes Only" is
the title of an interesting commentary in the
Observer by Stephanie Merritt. There’s an
excerpt below or you can read the entire thing

"...But I do feel instinctive guilt about wanting to
read the erotic letter written by James Joyce to
Nora Barnacle in 1909 and sold last week at
Sotheby's for £240,800.

It's a hypothetical guilt, since I can't read it;
the anonymous buyer is apparently hobbled
by all manner of clauses regarding publication
or disclosure of its contents, established by
Joyce's grandson, Stephen. He holds copyright
to his works and tried to oppose the sale
because, according to Stephen's wife, these
were private letters which 'have no literary or
historical significance'."

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Joyce’s love letter to Nora set a record for
autographed letter sales at Sotheby’s. The
letter sold for 240,800 pounds
($447,298 US) to an anonymous telephone
bidder. I’m dying to know who this person
is and what he will do with it. I’d love to
meet him.

Haven’t found results yet for his spectacles
or his singing medal but will post that info
as soon as I have it.

Monday, July 05, 2004


Just one more lotto jackpot to try before the
Sotheby’s auction of several of James Joyce’s
belonging’s. I got my eye on his spectacles,
or his singing medal, my unemployed eye....
I’ve tried prayer and creative visualization
but so far no change in my economic status.

Also for sale, an important love letter from
Joyce to Nora....maybe:

“A report in Sunday's Observer newspaper 
indicates that the sale of the letter may yet
be blocked by the author's grandson Stephen
Joyce and his wife, Solange, who own
copyright over all Joyce's writings.

Solange Joyce said: "We're not pleased, to
say the least. Those letters are strictly
personal and private, and for a member of
the family. They have no literary or historical
(from RTE Interactive)

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Kit Snedaker has an article in Literary Traveler about James Joyce and Trieste, which she claims
was his favorite city.

You can take a virtual walk of Joyce’s Trieste

Thursday, June 24, 2004

According to Cairde Na Gaillimhe of the
Galway Advertiser the Nora Barnacle Bridge
is in a sad state of disrepair:

Cairde has accused the Galway City Council
of failing to maintain the Nora Barnacle
Bridge on the riverwalk by the canal near
Bowling Green, where Nora Barnacle, James
Joyce's wife, grew up.

"Part of this bridge was destroyed by vandals
and thrown in the canal where it has been lying
ever since," according to a Cairde spokesperson.
"Since Galway aspires to be known as a city of
culture, we would request the city restore this
monument to one of its most fabled citizens."

The group has also called for the missing
lights along the riverwalk to be immediately
re-installed and maintained.

Monday, June 21, 2004

In the past week I've received four or
five emails from Shakespeare and Co.
in Paris, not one of which I have been
able to read - something about their
attachments makes them unreadable
( or something about my computer).

It's been frustrating but also fun imagining
what these emails might say.

Worst case scenario - They heard we had
an actress portraying Sylvia Beach at our
Bloomsday Celebration and they have
copyright issues a la Stephen Joyce.

Best case scenario - They've heard
about my great track record as a
former Tower Books employee and want
me to move to Paris and work at their

I'd happily accept, though I would be
just as happy working at the Berkeley
S & Co.

Saturday, June 19, 2004

Bloomsday is over. A relief. Things went
better than expected. The three professors
were all interesting, the Men's Choir was
a huge success and the Sirens scene, told
in shadow puppets was creative and funny.
And the "musical" Portrait of the Artist,
disarmingly sincere.

After nine years of Bloomsday
Celebrations I think I'm ready for a break
next year. Though the end result was good,
the process this year was even more
frustrating than usual. I think none of us
enjoyed it.

Hearing all the reports of huge crowds
in Dublin, I quickly came to terms with
missing the JJ Conference. And at the end
of the day was glad to rest my head in
my own bed, my own room, my own

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Well, well, well, the big day is here. I find
myself thinking about the bookstore man
at Shakespeare & Co in Berkeley who
introduced himself to me one day after he
caught me perusing the Joyce section of the
store. HE'S at Bloomsday in Dublin today.
I'm here in Chico which is expected to reach
102 degrees today. You can see the forecast
for a beautiful day in Dublin in the sidebar
at the right.

A friend of mine who I thought would be at
Bloomsday today can't make it after all and is
stuck in Sacramento tonight, a place which
has some nice qualities though not much in
the way of culture. He writes about the
General Slocum disaster in his blog.

What does one do when there is no Joycean
place to go on June 16th? Pick up The Good
Book itself, read one of your favorite
passages - (page 27 to start:"ugly and futile:
lean neck and tangled hair"), then make an
offering of gratitude or a prayer of thanks.

Have a lovely day.

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Now available: The James Joyce Quiz Book.

Here’s an excerpt from the forward:

“In the following pages you will find a variety of
puzzles and quizzes designed to test your
knowledge of the major works of James Joyce....
There is one crossword for each, as well as
quizzes and word searches that pertain to the
books. Some quizzes are thematic and draw
from all the books: Food, Music, Irish History
and Joyce Miscellany.......

The book is meant to appeal to all levels of Joyce
readers. Some answers will be quite easy, some
will involve some digging, hopefully giving you
a pleasurable excuse to continue to explore the
writings of Joyce.”

The book is $5.00 plus $2.00 domestic shipping
or $3.25 for international shipping. Contact
Labryinth Press at P.O. Box 3834, Chico CA 95927
or you can send me an email if you’d like
additional ordering information:

Monday, June 14, 2004

There are tons of Bloomsday articles in the press
this week. Here’s an excerpt from the San
Francisco Chronicle

The strangest aspect of "Ulysses' " continuing
reputation, however, is not that an impossible
book has ossified in academia, but that it has
won devoted, non-academic fans more akin to
Trekkies than to literary snobs. Irish tourism
officials estimate 50,000 fans will make it to
Dublin this Bloomsday; a new film, "Bloom," with
Stephen Rea playing Joyce's long-suffering hero
Leopold Bloom, is playing in Europe; "Ulysses"
allusions turn up in such unexpected places as a
Dutch dance hit by the singer Amber and the films
of Slacker director Richard Linklater; a new
documentary, "Joyce To the World," gives a look
at Bloomsday celebrations on every continent. It
is June 16, not April 23 (Shakespeare's birthday)
or Feb. 23 (John Keats' death), that has become
the world's de facto literary holiday.

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

“You wait a century for a recording of every
word of Ulysses and then 54 CDs of James
Joyce's masterpiece come along at once. “

The above from a review of two new unabridged
recordings of Ulysses, which can be found here.

You can find complete information on the 27
hour Naxos version here.

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

As Bloomsday gets closer I become more
and more pensive. I suppose part of that is
regrets at not being able to attend the
conference in Dublin. The paper I was
supposed to present on Joyce and the
Music of Tin Pan Alley gathers dust on
my bookshelf. I received my JJ Newestlatter
on Saturday but didn't want to read it. Went
to the library for a distraction and ended
up with two Joyce related books in spite of
myself: The James Joyce Murders by
Amanda Cross and Coetzee's "biography"
on Elizabeth Costello, fictional author of The
House on Eccles Street.

Adding to my pensivitivity is the knowledge
that I have barely a chance of purchasing
Joyce's glasses at the Sotheby's auction.
Barely a chance....I guess there's an atom
of hope in me somewhere.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

The mystical significance of the number 23:
Responsible for Michael Jordan’s success?
Now influencing David Beckham?
Responsible for Shakespeare’s success?
The reason Bloomsday is held on June 16, 1904?

I think not. This website believes it though.

Friday, May 21, 2004

The men’s choir met for the first time
yesterday and it was the first time this
year that I’ve felt any happiness about
Chico’s upcoming Bloomsday Celebra-
tion. Regardless of how the rest of the
evening goes, the choir will be great! Now
I just need to figure out what they should
wear. I don’t want full naval dress, I’m
not even sure what British sailors in 1904
wore. But we need some sort of unifying
garment: a scarf, a cap, a chambray shirt.
.Hmmm. I’m going to make a trip to the
Army-Navy surplus store this weekend
and see what I can find. Suggestions

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

My obsession with James Joyce’s glasses
continues. I’ve written a poem entitled

And I’m considering converting to a life of
crime. I’d tried to be good all these years;
Maybe it’s time for a change. I’d do anything
for those glasses.

Thursday, May 13, 2004

The upcoming auction at Sotheby’s is making
me nauseous. I want to purchase James Joyce’s
spectacles. I can’t get them out of my head.
I wrote a poem about them last night. The
auction estimate for them is 3,000 – 5,000
pounds. Can I afford that? No!! I’m unem-
ployed but it isn’t an impossible amount like
50,000. I could try to find a lender and promise
interest and timely payments. I could buy lottery
tickets. I’d only have to match four numbers or
so to get 5,000. I could resort to petty crime.
Devise some internet scheme. Write papers
for grad students. Rob a small bank.

There is something so sexy and endearing about
glasses. If you love someone, and they wear
glasses,when they take them off, one is filled
with an enormous sense of desire and tenderness,
a deadly combination. James Joyce’s spectacles.
Oh my.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Love Letter Found

In Ellman’s biography of Joyce he writes "Joyce's
letter of 1 December 1909 has not survived".

That letter has been found “discovered tucked
into a book among an almost painfully personal
collection of relics linked to the author”. The
collection is owned by the family of Stanislaus Joyce.

An article in the Guardian about the find,
does not mention when or if the contents of the
letter will be published. It’s an important letter,
written during Joyce’s visit to Dublin in 1909,
a time of jealousy and insecurity for him, and
one that produced some of the most beautiful
and erotic love letters ever written.

The letter will be auctioned at Sotheby's in July.

Thursday, May 06, 2004

Bloomsday meeting tonight. My McHomey, and
main ally, Michael, will not be there. Damn.

Here's what I'm working on for the Men's Choir:

Remember how on Joyce's first night in Trieste,
he left Nora on a park bench and went off to find
lodging - not coming back for many hours?

He had come across a group of British sailors
in the midst of a disagreement with the local
police. Joyce tried to intervene and ended up in
jail with them.

So the Men's Choir will be these sailors,
reminiscing about Joyce and their time together
as cell mates. One of the sailors won't be able
to remember this experience and he will be
reminded that he was with a different ship at the
time, docked in New York, flirting with NY Girls.

Which will lead into the song O, You New York
Girls, Can't You Dance the Polka, a song about
a sailor on shore leave who gets taken by a
prostitute. Joyce referenced this song in
Finnegans Wake.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Joyce's days accurately represent last week for me:


Saturday actually wasn't so bad. And Thursday
was okay because I missed the Bloomsday
meeting. This Thursday I won't be able to avoid
it so it will be Thumpday for sure.

These meetings are taking the joy out of Joyce.

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Here’s an article (excerpt below) about the James
Joyce Ramble. I don’t understand why people do
things like this. What does running have to do
with James Joyce? If James Joyce were ever to
attend such an event he would be sitting on the
sidelines under a large beach umbrella with a
cold glass of chardonnay in his hands, not
jogging. Dedham isn’t the only town to hold a
Joyce run. Spokane does it, so does Seattle and
I imagine other misguided towns.

The James Joyce Ramble:
"Dressed in early 20th-century costume, actors
read from ''The Dead," ''Ulysses," and ''Finnegans
Wake" during the ramble, a 10K race
that combines organizer Martin Hanley's love
for running, Joyce, and acting.

Some actors worried that onlookers were more
interested in the running than the reading. But
participant Kate Carney, 69, managed to get the
full attention of several young children as she read
a passage from 'Finnegans Wake' about two
gossiping wash women cleaning the linen of a
cheating husband."

Saturday, April 24, 2004

A very depressing Bloomsday meeting
last Thursday. One member of our
committee wants the entire evening
based on a Joyce party, with Joyce &
friends present and individual episodes
stemming from the party itself.

Another person, our founder, stated that
he feels very uneasy about this idea and
actually has a bad feeling in his stomach
whenever he thinks about it. His concerns
weren't really addressed.

There's more to it than this, but basically
I think there isn't time to do the party idea
unless it is done as a scene unto itself, rather
than being interspersed throughout the

But, who knows what will happen at this

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

U of V, Charlottesville held a marathon reading
of Ulysses last weekend. Students and teachers
read for ten minutes each, then passed the
podium on to someone else. Scheduled to last
24 hours, the reading ended up taking 30 hours
instead. Check out the entire article at the
Cavalier Daily.

Monday, April 19, 2004


I noticed something today. I often check
the index in Ellman’s Joyce bio to see if
Joyce has been through a similar exper-
ience to my own. Part of that is blog
related – wanting to write about something
I’m currently interested in but relating it
to Joyce. But today I remembered those
WWJD people . “What Would Jesus do?”
Could I be doing the same thing, but with
Joyce? Could I be obsessed?

I searched Google for a quiz titled “Are
you Obsessed” but all the quizzes were
topic specific, e.g. Are you obsessed with…
Clay Aiken, physical appearances, weblog
hits, sex.

Finally I found a Harry Potter quiz that
I thought I might be able to use, tweaking
the questions a bit to fit James Joyce.
Some of them were perfect as is:

10. Do you own more than one copy of
the books? Yes

18. Did you wear a costume? Twice

20. Do you find one of the characters
oddly attractive? Absolutely (Bloom)

21. Have you talked your friends into
reading the books? Yes

92. Do you participate in groups dedicated to
stopping such censorship? Yes

96. Have you ever bought overpriced
merchandise from e-bay? Yes

My score was 40% which qualified me as an
obsessed fan, though to my credit, there
were three higher categories that were more
obsessed than I. And actually, my plan is to
end this blog after Bloomsday this year.

Thursday, April 15, 2004

No Bloomsday meeting this week due to several
committee members being out of town. I have
been working on the music. Tentatively plans
include: O, You New York Girls, Can't You
Dance the Polka (for the men's choir), Eileen
Aroon, maybe A Nation Once Again if I can get
my British neighbor with the great voice to do it.

I'm considering the Girls Choir making an ap-
pearance but if we go with the party-for-joyce
theme for the whole night I'm not sure how to
fit them in, at least, not in the way I have

Dylan had the idea to make the entire evening a
skit of a party for Joyce, featuring himself and his
friends and admirers. I like the idea but it puts a
damper on our usual method of everyone develop-
ing and presenting a separate thing, be it poem,
reading, scene or song. Maybe we could have only
the second half be the Joyce party. Hmmm.

Hope we get things settled soon. Time's a wastin'.

Saturday, April 10, 2004

Joyce's letter to Heineman (see entry below)
sold for $59,000 at Christies ...

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Joyce Auction Tomorrow

The Quentin Keynes Collection of Books and
Manuscripts will be auctioned off tomorrow
and Thursday by Christies’s of London.
Rueters calls this “One of the most significant
collections of manuscripts, books and draw-
ings relating to James Joyce “…One item that’s
expected to bring in big bucks is an early letter
of Joyce’s. Written on September 23, 1905 to a
W. Heinemann offering up Dubliners for
publication. Heinemann passed.

Joyce wrote in the letter: “The book is not a
collection of tourist impressions but an attempt
to represent certain aspects of the life of one of
the European capitals.”

The auction is expected to be quite pricey. For
thenon-millionaires out there, remember: I still
have a rare copy of the limited edition James
Joyce Yearbook for sale. Buddenbrooks is selling
their copy for $800. I’d take half that.

Saturday, April 03, 2004

So our first meeting went well. Held at the lovely
Latimer home over a meal of duck and wild rice,
all were in good spirits and everyone got along fine.

There was a good, if muddled, idea of staging a
scene from Joyce's birthday party in 1922 - also
the day he received his first copy of Ulysses - and
having all our Bloomsday pieces evolve from that
event. It was believed that there was a festive
party on that day. I think it was actually a small
dinner celebration at a restaurant but need to
look into it with Mr. Ellman.

Talk also of doing the opening Martello Tower
scene. We meet again next Thursday.

Monday, March 29, 2004

Our first Bloomsday meeting for 2004 will be
this Wednesday evening. I'm looking forward to
it mostly..... I just hope we can keep things civil
and not let egos get in the way.

I've become less tolerant of egomaniacs

So, I haven't given a lot of thought yet to
the music. I'd like to do a scene featuring
Croppy Boy interspersed with Bloom's lunch
thoughts but not sure how that would come

I usually use songs from all of Joyce's works
but may stick to Ulysses this year in honor
of the 100th anniversary. I'll decide after
I see what the others on the committee
have in mind.

Saturday, March 20, 2004

Sean Walsh, Director of the Irish movie
“Bloom” has begun working with Paragon
Film Group to distribute the film (which
has just been nominated for four Irish
Academy Awards). Paragon is looking to contact
universities, museums and Bloomsday presenters
throughout the US in hopes of getting the film
showed in June 2004. If you or your group is
interested contact Scott Bedno at 818-845-7148.
email :
You can also contact him through the mail at :
Paragon Film Group, LLC
209 East Alameda, #103
Burbank, CA

There's a link to the Bloom website in
my links section.

Thursday, March 11, 2004


Hip-Hop writer CHZA likens Notorious B.I.G.
to James Joyce in his column. You can find it
at Filter Magazine.

“ astounding, irrevocable truth: That
Biggie Smalls was the modern, Black rein-
carnation of James Joyce.”

CHZA insightfully sums up Mr. B.I.G. (and
Mr. Joyce) with a Sly and the Family Stone
reference: “He’s everyday people documenting
the everyday struggle”.

I don’t know much about B.I.G., but CHZA
and JAJ are off da chain.
I spoke with a friend from Chico's Bloomsday
committee yesterday. She is working on a script
for the opening scene of Ulysses - the tower
scene - which she thinks would be a good scene
for us to do this year.

I think so too, though the three gentlemen she
has in mind to perform are all in their mid-30s
or above. Stephen was 22 in Ulysses.

We'll have our first Bloomsday meeting later this
month. I vascillate between looking forward to it
and dreading it. The meetings can sometimes get
heated and confrontational due to egos. I hate
that part of it.

Monday, March 08, 2004

Damn the Times. I found a great article I’d like
to link to for you or even read myself but the
Times is subscription only.

The title begins:
Stephen Joyce: Protective grandson who
refuses to ...

The article, which ran on Feb 14, 2004, reads:
... his grandson called a press conference in a
pub in Zurich. While most Joyceans celebrate
the author on June 16 — Bloomsday — Stephen
Joyce insists that ...

You have to register AND PAY MONEY
to read the whole article

Monday, March 01, 2004

Starting to think about Bloomsday 2004 in Chico.
Today I took a look at 2002’s list of song possibilities .

* indicates songs I ended up using

Bloomsday possibilities:

Girls choir: Rings on fingers*-fw or harrigan-fw

Mens choir-mcnamara’s band-fw
i’m a rambling wreck (son of a Gombolier)-fw

cruiskeen lawn-u/fw

KB - little brown jug-fw

Kim -sweet rosie o grady *-p/fw

ballynure ballad
all around my hat
bonny labouring boy-fw
croppy boy-u
de profundis-fw
for he’s a jolly good fellow-d/dead/fw
goodnight ladies-fw
marble halls-d
o you new york girls, can you dance the polka-fw
molly brannigan - u/fw/j
toot toot tootsie*-fw
turkey in the straw-fw
yes we have no banana- fw

Thursday, February 26, 2004

Calico is the name of the cotton which was
sometimes used to tie the wrists of those
who are taken off to mental institutions.

Calico is also the name of a new play written
by Michael Hastings. Currently playing in
London, here’s a brief description from
a ticket selling website


By Michael Hastings,
Directed by Edward Hall

1928 - The Paris apartment of James Joyce and
his family. A world of secret lives and secret

A young student named Samuel Beckett arrives
and an unusual love begins.

CALICO is a fictional story inspired by fact. It is
a captivating and exuberant play about a family
in crisis. Scrupulously researched, Calico mixes
sadness and great compassion to explore love
almost to the brink of insanity.”

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

I have to decide by March 1st if I will be
attending the James Joyce Conference in
Dublin this year. I’m supposed to present
at the conference (New York State of Mind:
James Joyce and the Music of Tin Pan Alley),
something that made me feel quite proud.
But I’m entering my third month of
unemployment and haven’t the funds to
pay for the necessities of life, much less a
week in Dublin. So I’m adjusting to the
fact that unless a miracle happens, I won’t
be going. Just another ripple in my
depression pond.

My current state of mind has led me to
thoughts of Joyce and depression. I think
the worst years for him were his later years
in Zurich. His eyes were getting progress-
ively worse, the reaction to Finnegans Wake
was not what he had hoped and it looked
like Lucia would have to spend the rest of her
days in an institution.

I guess I shouldn’t complain.

Friday, February 20, 2004

Robert Spoo has an interesting theory on Ulysses
copyright in the US: Ulysses lacks a US copyright
and is therefore in the public domain. So while
people in Dublin will be unable to utter words
from Joyce’s works this Bloomsday, Americans
can have at it.

Here’s an excerpt:

Under that law (U.S. copyright law in force
in 1922), Joyce would have had to deposit
a copy of the book at the copyright office
within two months of publication in France,
and then, within another four months, have
the book printed on American soil by a U.S.
printer. Spoo says Joyce did not meet these
requirements, thus relinquishing his novel to
the public domain. It was transformed from a
private monopoly into a public resource, and
the benefits once enjoyed by the creator passed
to the user.

......He points out that in a sworn deposition in
Paris in a case involving an American publisher
who had printed a pirated version of Ulysses
in 1926, Joyce was asked if he had ever tried to
secure an American copyright. Spoo said Joyce
answered under oath that he had not.”

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

I’ve written about Stephen Joyce and his
greedy ways before in this blog. He’s on
the warpath again, this time in regards
to the big 100th anniversary celebration
planned for Dublin this summer.

Here’s an excerpt from an article
Mondo Sismondo sent me on SJ :

The city has planned a three-month festival
of celebrations costing about £700,000.

Unfortunately, the only living direct
descendant of Joyce has promised to disrupt
the festival by banning any public readings
of his work.

Stephen Joyce, the writer’s grandson, has
informed the Irish government he will sue for
breach of copyright if any recitations take place.
The septuagenarian who lives in Paris, has made
millions of pounds from the proceeds of copy-
right of Joyce’s work and from suing for its

The Joyce estate has warned other organisations
planning to use Joyce’s words as part of their
celebrations to tread carefully. These include the
Irish National Library, Irish national television,
RTÉ, and the James Joyce Centre in Dublin.

Saturday, February 14, 2004

Happy Valentine’s Day

“....... anyhow its done now once and for all
with all the talk of the world about it people
make its only the first time after that its just
the ordinary do it and think no more about it
why cant you kiss a man without going and
marrying him first you sometimes love to
wildly when you feel that way so nice all over
you you cant help yourself I wish some man
or other would take me sometime when hes
there and kiss me in his arms theres nothing
like a kiss long and hot down to your soul
almost paralyses you .......”

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

The famous “dark, gaunt house” at
15 Usher’s Island has been rescued
from deterioration just in time for the
100th anniversary of Bloomsday.
Purchased by Joyce fan Brendan Kilty
a few years ago, the four story house
was in major disrepair.

“ The top floor had been torn down to
save its then owners the trouble of
patching up a leaking roof, while the
back wall was bowed to the point of
near collapse.

"We removed two buckets of syringes
from the ground floor alone -- it was
a total squat," said Kilty, who set
about transforming what he considers
one of the world's premier literary

Check out the entire article at Reuters.

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Have recently discovered Savoy Comics and
their series of Hard Core Horror comics which
include James Joyce as a regular character. He
is described in one review as “mystically affected
sadist James Joyce”. (Surely Joyce was closer to
being a masochist than a sadist...)

I haven’t gotten a good grasp on the Lord
Horror series yet but here’s an excerpt
from a description:

"But the real shit started to fly in 1989,
when Savoy published Dave Britton's
own surreal and picaresque book Lord
Horror, a Burroughsian, Swiftian satire
recounting the exploits of various persons
in the form of distorted caricatures of
actual historical persons such as Cosimo
Matassa (who ran the New Orleans studio
where all the great black Rock'n'Roll
records of the '50s were cut: Little Richard,
Fats Domino, etc.), Hitler, and the
eponymous British wartime traitor 'Lord
Haw Haw'—William Joyce, here embodied
as Lord Horror."

Sunday, February 01, 2004

February 2

It’s James Joyce’s Birthday (2/2/82)

It’s also Groundhog Day, St Bridgets Day
and Candlemas.

And the birthday of:

1650 - Nell Gwynne, actress, royal mistress,
1895 - George Halas, American football player, coach,
co-founder of the National Football League,
1901 - Jascha Heifetz, musician,
1905 - Ayn Rand, author,
1923 - James Dickey, poet, author,
1937 - Tom Smothers, comedian,
1942 - Graham Nash, musician
1947 - Farrah Fawcet, actress
1947 - Melanie, singer
1977 - Shakira, singer

Monday, January 26, 2004

Have recently been exploring John Cage’s
connection to James Joyce.

--Can’t afford this: “John Cage Performs
James Joyce”, a VHS going for $150 on but imagine it would be quite
something to see.

- Missed this in 2002 at Berkeley:
Cage’s “Marcel Duchamp, James Joyce,
Eric Satie: An Alphabet”

- Found the following on the Modern Word
website, an excellent Joyce site:

John Cage (1912-1992)
John Cage was an American composer who
forever changed the face of modern music.
A musical revolutionary, Cage believed,
among other things, that chance played
just as an important role in our life as design,
and that music was to be found everywhere
-- it was all in the ear of the beholder. His
music was iconoclastic, often difficult, always
surprising, and probed the limits of human
imagination and preconceptions.

"The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs" --
(1942) A song adapted from the "Isobel"
passage from Finnegans Wake.

Roaratorio -- (1979) This large and chaotic
work incorporates phrases from Finnegans
Wake into a tapestry of noise, voice, song,
and Irish traditional music.

Writing for the Second Time Through Finnegans
Wake -- (1979) The "libretto" of the above
work, Roaratorio. Spoken by John Cage.

Marcel Duchamp, James Joyce, Eric Satie:
An Alphabet -- (1982) A radio play featuring
James Joyce as a character.

"Nowth Upon Nacht" -- (1984) A song with
lyics directly adapted from Finnegans Wake.

Monday, January 12, 2004

On January 13, 1941, James Joyce died,
following an operation for a perforated
duodenal ulcer. Below are excerpts from
the NY Times obituary, or you can read
the whole thing here if you don’t mind
taking the time to register.

January 13, 1941
James Joyce Dies; Wrote 'Ulysses'

The Associated Press
James Joyce, June 1939
URICH, Switzerland, Monday, Jan 13- James
Joyce, Irish author whose "Ulysses" was the
center of one of the most bitter literary
controversies of modern times, died in a
hospital here early today despite the efforts
of doctors to save him by blood transfusions.
He would have been 59 years old Feb. 2.

Joyce underwent an intestinal operation
Saturday afternoon at the Schwesternhaus
von Rotenkreuz Hospital. For a time he
appeared to be recovering. Only yesterday
his son reported him to have been cheerful
and apparently out of danger.

During the afternoon, however, the writer
suffered a sudden relapse and sank rapidly.
He died at 2:15 A.M. (8:15 P.M., Eastern
Standard time).

His wife and son were at the hospital when
he died..... (note: Nora & Stephen actually
arrived at the hospital after Joyce died.
He died alone.)

.....Was Born in Dublin

The writer was born Feb. 2, 1882, in Dublin,
Ireland, the son of John Stanislaus Joyce
(The Simon Dedalus of "Ulysses" whom Bloom
hears singing in the Ormond bar) and Mary
Murray Joyce. His father supposedly had one
of the finest tenor voices in Ireland. James
Joyce had an equally fine voice.....

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

Below is a beautiful painting of Joyce by
Pedro Mozsi, a Czech Romany Gypsy
now living and working as a painter and
illustrator in Broome. You can read his
James Joyce story here.

Monday, January 05, 2004

FOR SALE - My copy of A James Joyce Yearbook,
edited and with a foreword by Maria Jolas, Paris
Transition Press 1949. In fine condition with
original glassine wrappers. First edition, limited
to 1000 numbered copies only. Illustrated with
photographs and manuscript facsimiles, errata
slip bound in rear. Currently, another copy of
this book is being offered by Buddenbrooks for

Hate to let it go but economic circumstances
make it necessary - to a good home only.

Use the email link above to contact me if
interested. Here’s more information, gathered
from the internet:

A James Joyce Yearbook

Scarce, especially with the original publisher's
glassine wrapper. Despite the ambitious title of
"Yearbook," this was the only issue ever
published. Includes Stuart Gilbert's article,
"Sketch of a Scenario of Anna Livia Plurabelle,"
as well as articles such as "Last Meeting with
Joyce" by Heinrich Straumann, "In Memory of
Joyce" by Paul Léon, "Recollections of James
Joyce" by Phillipe Soupault, "The Finn Cycle" by
Clémence Ramnoux, and others.


And more here:
In 1949, Maria Jolas and her Transition
Press published an extraordinary book called
the James Joyce Yearbook. History buffs and
Paris expat enthusiasts instantly acknowledge
the role that "transition" contributed to 20th
Century literature.

Friday, January 02, 2004

Hermione Lee reviews Carol Loeb Schloss’s
new book about Lucia Joyce here.

Here’s an excerpt from this interesting
review - two actually:

“ 'Lucia Joyce': No She Said No” :

“I quote so much because this sort of fervid
glop is served up on many pages. It is a
rhetoric that damages the book's credibility,
making it read more like an exercise in wish
fulfillment than a biography.......

......The best feature of Shloss's book is its
vivid, informed description of these experi-
mental dance groups in 1920's Europe, and
her account of how Lucia came into contact
with modernism and surrealism while her
father was writing the ''Wake.''

I did NOT get this book for Christmas, should
anyone be wondering.

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