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On Reading Joyce Reading the World: Reflections on How to Read Ulysses in Interesting Times

Joyce, J 1922, Ulysses, Sylvia Beach, Paris.

By Colm McNaughton

We live, to invoke the Chinese curse, in interesting times. Our human beings are moving, consuming and decaying in the context of the demise and likely collapse of Empire. 3,050 more words


Ulysses - by James Joyce not Anthony Trollope

I am very grateful to Paul Niemeyer for an interesting Trollope sighting (which may or may not be relevant for those following the Jupiter’s 100 Greatest Novels). 114 more words

In Search of Ulysses in Dublin.

I’ve always been a captive fan of James Joyce’s works, especially Ulysses. When in Dublin, it is paramount that one (like myself) seeks out some of the numerous mementos of this work. 51 more words


Life is the great teacher

Who knows? he said. To learn one must be humble. But life is the great teacher.

From “Ulysses” by James Joyce


the happy huntingground

“Shakespeare is the happy huntingground of all minds that have lost their balance.”

— James Joyce, Ulysses



“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things that you’d thought special, particular to you. 2,768 more words

Across The River And Into The Trees

Darling Silly Milly Bloom

I found this on a wonderful blog full of Irish photographs, which I just wasted far too much time looking at. This photo is actually one the author of the blog specifically cites as recalling Milly Bloom and I can’t help but agree. 2,652 more words