A Few Notes on the International Flannery O’Connor Conference, Day 1: Magic and Freakery

  Yesterday (on August 2) I viewed online the International Flannery O’Connor Conference  marked with the legend “No Kind of Place: Location, Migration, and Imagination.” The conference was hosted virtually and theoretically by Nipissing University. The conference organizers and host did a fine job of amalgamating materials around topics. However, the pandemic extracted a toll.Continue reading “A Few Notes on the International Flannery O’Connor Conference, Day 1: Magic and Freakery”

U22 Podcast: Two thoughts about the Calypso Discussion

I am a fan of James Ramey who teaches and writes about Joyce from his academic seat in Mexico City. I was delighted to learn then Ramey was to be featured in The Centennary Podcast for Ulysses (u22pod.com). This week his contribution came to pass. Dr. Ramey reported about teaching Ulysses to a group ofContinue reading “U22 Podcast: Two thoughts about the Calypso Discussion”

James Joyce across the Globe

During Apr 2022, visitors from forty-three nations visited the James Joyce Reading Circle. Below please find the complete list of readers by number and percent of all readers (based on a monthly volume of 1163). Albania 0 0.0% Argentina 23 2.0% Australia 35 3.0% Austria 4 0.3% Bangladesh 1 0.1% Belgium 3 0.3% Brazil 37Continue reading “James Joyce across the Globe”

(D) about “Two Gallants,” August, Month of the Donnybrook Fair

Under the lens of Florence Walsl, “Two Gallants” focused on three levels of “betrayal social, political, and religious.” In this essay, you will find a synthesis of what other notables have said organized under Walsl’s analysis. The betrayals act out in personal relationships, institutional contracts, and spiritual compacts. Joyce draws crosshatched shadows of betrayal onContinue reading “(D) about “Two Gallants,” August, Month of the Donnybrook Fair”

The U22 Podcast, Week 3 (Proteus) and Ilaria Susmel’s Contribution

To quote W.C. Fields, I’ll begin by saying, “Pardon my redundancy, Pardon my redundancy.” Today is not the first time I have noted that this site exists for two purposes. It may encourage a few first-time readers to crack the spine of a book written by Sunny Jim. Secondly, it promotes an international community ofContinue reading “The U22 Podcast, Week 3 (Proteus) and Ilaria Susmel’s Contribution”

A Review of Miss Lonelyhearts: An unlikely comparison of the writings of Nathanael West and Flannery O’Connor

It began two months ago when I watched and did research on the movie Suspicion. It is not a great movie. I would not even call it a good movie. Researching it, I discovered Nathanael West had written the screenplay, but before he delivered the script, the Hitchcock/Reviles, with help, had pieced together a script ofContinue reading “A Review of Miss Lonelyhearts: An unlikely comparison of the writings of Nathanael West and Flannery O’Connor”

The Flannery O’Corner

Until very recently This website has been strictly limited to matters related to the writings of James Joyce. Today, we’ll provide some space for another writer most Catholic and most Irish. Just as Joyce was misinterpreted by Catholics and not a resident of Ireland, Mary Flannery O’Connor, as a “hillbilly Thomist,” was mistrusted and misconstruedContinue reading “The Flannery O’Corner”

(D) about “After the Race,” July 2, Anniversary of the Gordon-Bennett Cup Race in Ireland

Today on the 98th anniversary of Ireland’s hosting of the Gordon Bennett auto course, the Financial Times says: “World’s leading economies agree on global minimum corporate tax rate: Companies to pay at least 15% • Rules to start in 2023 • Ireland and Hungary among holdouts.” The English designated the course of the Gordon-Bennett toContinue reading “(D) about “After the Race,” July 2, Anniversary of the Gordon-Bennett Cup Race in Ireland”

A Review of Nick Sweeney’s A Blue Coast Mystery

Before the surrealists began to melt away, Greek-born Italian metaphysicist painter Georgio de Chirico juxtaposed mannequins and aqueducts, the imaginary beside the concrete, liquid by solid on canvas. One of his paintings, probably stolen, adorns Nick Sweeney’s A Blue Coast Mystery. It ties the suite together, as startling and quirky as Sweeney’s tale and theContinue reading “A Review of Nick Sweeney’s A Blue Coast Mystery”

“Oxen of the Sun Roundtable” (on Translations)

The first difficulty of translation for the viewer of this presentation was to wring an understanding from either of the labels “Oxen of the Sun Roundtable” or The Science(s) of Birthing: Language/Gestation in ‘Oxen of the Sun’ (roundtable). The attempt to entertain neither amuses nor informs. This confusion occurred throughout Omniscientific Joyce. It would benefitContinue reading ““Oxen of the Sun Roundtable” (on Translations)”