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A Little Cloud, by James Joyce

Perhaps there is no feeling more disheartening than the realisation that, despite all your hopes and dreams, and all the potential others once saw in you, you really are just “Little Chandler” after all – a work horse, good citizen, devoted family father, and utter bore. 44 more words


Library Promenade

Earlier this year with the help of Artlink I devised a performance at the National Library of Scotland for visually impaired and sighted visitors. ‘Some Bat-squeak Echo of Other Time’ took its title from a phrase in Audrey Niffenegger’s novel… 169 more words

Readings & Talks

Dubliners by James Joyce: a book simply for Dubliners


I recently read Dubliners by James Joyce and was left feeling somewhat underwhelmed by it all. I was eager to see how I’d receive the book as I am an outsider living in Dublin for the last few years. 524 more words

Listening To The Dead

In May, I received from a former student a copy of James Joyce’s Dubliners. I have no idea whether or not he realized the centennial celebration, this month, attached to his much-appreciated token of gratitude. 1,016 more words


Annotating "Araby"

I am currently teaching an on-line course that includes reading James Joyce’s Dubliners.  As part of that work, I want to offer here an examination of Joyce’s writing that I think will be instructive for both my students and for me.   747 more words

In the Railroad Cut (Haiku)

in the railroad cut /
where Irish immigrants toiled – /
tall emerald ferns //

Today we took a ride on the Northern Central Railway at… 167 more words


A few nights ago when Letterman was over but I was not quite ready to go to bed, I spent some time browsing on the overburdened bookcases in our family room. 398 more words

Literary Meanders