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Blooms & Barnacles is a blog, podcast and illustration project celebrating the love of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Hosted by Kelly Bryan (blogger) and Dermot O Connor (illustrator), Blooms & Barnacles takes a non-academic approach, mixing banter and pop culture with historical, cultural and literary analysis related to Ulysses and most anything Joyce-adjacent, including chats with other amateur Joyce enthusiasts. Hopefully through Blooms & Barnacles, Ulysses and the work of Joyce can become more accessible to anyone who wants to read it. 

Our website is:
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Episode 1: “Telemachus” ~pp 1-24

“Mulligan and the Milk Maid” copyright @ don ward, 2020

Episode References from Stuart Gilbert’s James Joyce’s Ulysses.

  • Title: Telemachus
  • Scene: The Tower
  • Hour: 8 a.m.
  • Organ: (none)
  • Art: Theology
  • Colour: White, gold
  • Symbol: Heir
  • Technic: Narrative (young)

“Horn of a bull, hoof of a horse, smile of a Saxon.”

Stephen’s dangers to the Irish.

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Episode 2: “Nestor” ~pp 25-37

“Befriended Bullock” copyright@ don ward, 2020

Episode References from Stuart Gilbert’s James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Episode 1

  • Title: Nestor
  • Scene: The School
  • Hour: 10 a.m.
  • Organ: (none)
  • Art: History
  • Colour: Brown
  • Symbol: Horse
  • Technic: Catechism (personal)

“My childhood bends beside me. Too far for me to lay a hand there once or lightly. Mine is far and his secret as our eyes. Secrets, silent, stony sit in the dark palaces of both our hearts; secrets weary of their tyranny: tyrants willing to be dethroned.”

Stephen contemplates shared humanity

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Episode 3:”Proteus,” ~pp 37-51

Sandymount from Dun Laoghaire – “Walking toward Eternity,” copyright @ don ward, 2020

Episode References from Stuart Gilbert’s James Joyce’s Ulysses.

  • Title: Proteus
  • Scene: Sandymount Strand
  • Hour: 11 a.m.
  • Organ: (none)
  • Art: Philology
  • Colour: Green
  • Symbol: Tide
  • Technic: Monologue (male)

” Me sits there his augur’s rod of ash in borrowed sandals, by day beside a livid sea, unbeheld, in violet night walking beneath a reign of uncouth stars.”

Stephen contemplates a life as yet unripened

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Episode 4: Calypso,~pp 54-69

“Scalded” copyright @ don ward, 2020

Episode References from Stuart Gilbert’s James Joyce’s Ulysses.

  • Title: Calypso
  • Scene: The House (7 Eccles Street)
  • Hour: 8 a.m.
  • Organ: Kidney
  • Art: Economics
  • Colour: Orange
  • Symbol: Nymph
  • Technic: Narrative (mature)

“O, rocks!” She said. “Tell us in plain words.”

Molly on Geology and vocabulary

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Episode 18: Penelope, ~pp 723-783

Episode References from Stuart Gilbert’s James Joyce’s Ulysses

  • Title: Penelope
  • Scene: The Bed
  • Time: (none)
  • Organ: Flesh
  • Art: (none)
  • Colour: (none)
  • Symbol: Earth
  • Technic: Monologue (female)

One favorite among many quotes

“…she had too much old chat in her about politics and earthquakes and the end of the world let us have a bit of fun first God help the world….”

Molly about Dante Riordan (and us)

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Episode 5, The Lotus Eaters, ~pp 70-85

“Under Poldy’s Hat” copyright @ don ward 2020

Episode References from Stuart Gilbert’s James Joyce’s Ulysses.

  • Title: The Lotus Eaters
  • Scene: The Bath
  • Hour: 10 a.m.
  • Organ: Genitals
  • Art: Botany, Chemistry
  • Colour: (None)
  • Symbol: Eucharist
  • Technic: Narcissism

“Curse your noisy pugnose.”

Bloom mentally abuses the “honking” tram driver blocking his view

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Episode 6, Hades,~pp 86-114

“And He Came Fifth and Lost the Job” copyright @ don ward 2020

Episode References from Stuart Gilbert’s James Joyce’s Ulysses

  • Title: Hades
  • Scene: The Graveyard
  • Hour: 11 a.m.
  • Organ: Heart
  • Art: Religion
  • Colour: White, Black
  • Symbol: Caretaker
  • Technic: Incubism

“Get up! Last day! Then every fellow mousing around for his liver and his lights and the lest of his traps. Find damn all of himself that morning. Pennyweight of powder in a skull. Twelve grammes one pennyweight. Troy measure.”

Bloom (or the narrator) on the Last Day

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Episode 7: Aeolus, ~pp 115-148

“Aeolus: Black and While and Red All Over” copyright@don ward 2020

Episode References from Stuart Gilbert’s James Joyce’s Ulysses

  • Title: Aeolus
  • Scene: The Newspaper
  • Time: 12 noon
  • Organ: Lungs
  • Art: Rhetoric
  • Colour: Red
  • Symbol: Editor
  • Technic: Enthymemic

” Anne Kearns has the lumbago for which she rubs on Lourdes water given her by a lady who got a bottleful from a passionist father. Florence McCabe takes a crubeen and a bottle of double X for supper every Saturday.”

The Pisgah Sight of Palestine or Parable of the Plums

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