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Welcome, 2016! With the Blancmange from James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’ (1914)

Welcome back from the holiday, and a very happy new year from the Literary Kitchen!

I do hope you are not too full still from the recent festivities to bear to look at the superb pudding I will be introducing you to today: blancmange. 1,169 more words

Fiction

Day 7/366 : Book = Life

I pity me when I look at my bookshelf. So many books are waiting to be read. But, busyness in life is not allowing me enough time, and space to read my books. 546 more words

Diary

Essay: Mental Vacancies - 'Dubliners'

“Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.”
— James Joyce

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Writing

2015 Resolutions Review

Before I jump into my New Year’s resolutions for 2016, I think I need to wrap up my goals from 2015. They were fairly simple. You can find them officially… 371 more words

Excerpt from Joyce's 'The Dead'

The Dead, James Joyce’s famous story, takes place between New Year’s Eve and the Feast of the Epiphany (Twelfth Night). It was probably written in 1904. 194 more words

History

The final paragraph of the last story

As this is the last of my daily blogs, I can indulge myself…

…and print what I think is the best-written paragraph I have ever read. 636 more words

Books

Freud's Wolf Man and Joyce's Dubliners

It’s hard to read Freud’s case histories of the Rat Man (1909) and the Wolf Man (1918) and not be fascinated. Most intriguing of all is how Freud slowly pieces together the patient’s unconscious backstory using what little the patient gives him, small memories that have stuck with the patient for some reason: he was holding his mother’s hand as a toddler, and she was lamenting her illness to a doctor she was seeing off at the train station, and her words made a deep impression; he was standing with his governess in front of the house watching a carriage drive off with his father, mother, and sister, and then walked peacefully back into the house with his governess; there was a picture book with a wolf standing upright that his sister had used to frighten him. 626 more words

Cultural History