Tom O’Carroll’s Childhood Bloomsdays and Sandymount Strand

Our friend, musical Tom O’Carroll, was first planted and sprouted on the sacred sands of Sandymount Strand. Says Tom, “I was born in a flat in a Regency period house and across from us in  Sandymount Green lived the painter Jack Yeates in his castellated house. ’Twas a nice place to grow up in.” HisContinue reading “Tom O’Carroll’s Childhood Bloomsdays and Sandymount Strand”

Dr. Aguinaldo Severino’s Bloomsday Tale of Two Cities (in Portuguese and English)

Comecei a ler “Ulysses” no início dos anos 1980, quando vivia em São Paulo, a maior cidade da América Latina. O ano eraodo centenário do aniversário de Joyce, 1982. Estava eu no início de minha graduação(sou físico de formação). A bem da verdade demorei um bom tempo para terminar de ler. Foisó no final deContinue reading “Dr. Aguinaldo Severino’s Bloomsday Tale of Two Cities (in Portuguese and English)”

Virag’s Suicide: Tears Bloom

6 Not apple-trees were there, but thorns with poison. 7 Such tangled thickets have not, nor so dense,  8 Those savage wild beasts, that in hatred hold  9 ‘Twixt Cecina and Corneto the tilled places. (Longfellow, canto xiii)   In Dante’s Inferno, the poet gives his greatest attention to suicides who are violent due toContinue reading “Virag’s Suicide: Tears Bloom”

Dr. Barry Devine’s Magical Bloomsian Spuds

Bloomsday Memory Barry Devine Heidelberg University There is one particular Bloomsday experience I will never forget. Just after completing my dissertation at the University of Miami, a local Irish cultural group invited me to speak at their2015 Bloomsday celebration. The schedule of events was a short reading from the organizers, my presentation, and then we formed aContinue reading “Dr. Barry Devine’s Magical Bloomsian Spuds”

What Did You Read at the James Joyce Reading Circle (JJRC) during Apr 2022? What Might You Read in MAY?

Here are the broad topics you accessed by number and annualized percentages…. Dubliners 29 3% Giacomo Joyce 2 3% Finnegans Wake 30 3% Bloomsday 355 32% FO’C 37 3% Ulysses 255 23% JJRC 190 17% Bloom and Virgil 25 2% Reviews 114 10% Joyce’s Modernism 119 11% Websites  We Like 1 0% Where Has YourContinue reading “What Did You Read at the James Joyce Reading Circle (JJRC) during Apr 2022? What Might You Read in MAY?”

Guides through the Afterlife in The Divine Comedy and Ulysses

James Joyce acknowledged his debt to Dante (The Divine Comedy) when crafting Ulysses. The two masterpieces and the Odyssey and Aeneid that preceded them, each include the device of a guide (or guides through the afterlife). In Inferno, that guide is Virgil; in Ulysses, Mr. Leopold Bloom mentors the underripe Stephen Dedalus. Over the comingContinue reading “Guides through the Afterlife in The Divine Comedy and Ulysses”

Virgil, Bloom, and Dante’s Hillside Predators

—O, there you are, Mr Bloom said, turning from the fire. (“Calypso”)   When asked his status, Leopold Bloom might give Virgil’s answer: “Not man; man once I was” (Dante Canto i l. 67). Bloom lost his way by middle life, buffeted among three carnivorous beasts, becoming more peculiar in his ways. The catalysts forContinue reading “Virgil, Bloom, and Dante’s Hillside Predators”

The Violent Bear It Away: Razor Wire across a Plowed Plot

For over a decade, Caroline Gordon was generous with her advice to an inexperienced and she thought undereducated Flannery O’Connor. Initially, the younger woman accepted all criticism and direction without question; eventually, the narrow focus of the feedback caused O’Connor to balk and ask for second opinions from the Fitzgeralds and others. Gordon could beContinue reading “The Violent Bear It Away: Razor Wire across a Plowed Plot”

Modern Bloom and Dante’s Medieval Virgil

Odyssey to Aeneid, Aeneid into Inferno, Inferno becomes Ulysses. A cavalcade of mentors leads pilgrims through Hell in these epics of Western Literature. In each case, it’s an otherworldly trek where above-ground physics stands on its head in simoniac fashion. Time is the first natural law to be violated. Early in Inferno, Canto I (Longfellow’s translation), we find… 37 The time was the beginning ofContinue reading “Modern Bloom and Dante’s Medieval Virgil”