Nick Sweeney’s “The Emigré Engineer”- A Review of Great Reading for Holiday Travel

Twenty years after the turn of the century, we find a chaotic world. Emigrants are flooding over borders, and interrogation cum body searches are conducted at every legal crossing. The needy consider any wealth ill-gotten; capitalists are costumed as devils if they have not made devils of themselves. Prejudice is common as wariness of culturalContinue reading “Nick Sweeney’s “The Emigré Engineer”- A Review of Great Reading for Holiday Travel”

A Review of Nick Sweeney’s Laikonik Express

The Book If Jesus ever came here, it was to be tempted by the devil that time. I happen to think, however, that Jesus kept the idea of this place to Himself just so He could maintain the fiction that Hell was a different place altogether and not to be found on this globe atContinue reading “A Review of Nick Sweeney’s Laikonik Express”

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”

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”

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”

John McCourt: The Origins of Bloomsday.

My recollection (sometimes or usually faulty) is that Professor McCourt said the earliest celebrations were called Ulysses Day with the first occurring in 1924. Attempting to improve on my memory I found a claim that Joyce’s unnamed friends began annual celebrations immediately after publication. Joyce mentioned the celebration in a letter after being presented aContinue reading “John McCourt: The Origins of Bloomsday.”

About Giacomo Joyce (GJ)

Ellmann’s Edition The last task should be deciding what type of artistic creation is Giacomo Joyce. It would be helpful to begin reading with that task in mind. It might be a prose poem. It might be a diary, a confession, or an exploration of streams of consciousness. Joyce called the episodes “sketches” when Pound asked himContinue reading “About Giacomo Joyce (GJ)”

(GJ) Canto XXXIV (p.12, ll. 7-12).

From Joyce’s Giacomo Joyce: …little runs suddenly broken, little timid cries: it is crying for its mamma, the portly hen. An Original Haiku: Nora wrongly called/ “Refrigerator Mother”/ Sad, remote, withdrawn/ about Canto XXXIV: In a scene that may be real or imagined, an agitated Amalia dressed in a robe but in Joyce’s presence seeksContinue reading “(GJ) Canto XXXIV (p.12, ll. 7-12).”