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"Once upon a time and a very good time it was ..."

“Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo. 149 more words

Reading Short Stories

When I read a collection of short stories, I rarely read them one after another as I would chapters in a novel.

After all, these are individual stories to be savored and admired. 225 more words


Adam & Eve, according to James Joyce

I’m just reading for the first time, that masterpiece of James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.  In Section III, I recently came upon this curious version of the Garden of Eden story.  283 more words

Ol' Reliable MISC Category

joggled and jingled

A hackney car, number three hundred and twentyfour, driver Barton James of number one Harmony avenue, Donnybrook, on which sat a fare, a young gentleman, stylishly dressed in an indigoblue serge suit made by George Robert Mesias, tailor and cutter, of number five Eden quay, and wearing a straw hat very dressy, bought of John Plasto of number one Great Brunswick street, hatter. 23 more words


'The Dead' by James Joyce

The Dead by James Joyce, 1914

The magic trick:

Balancing a richness of detail with a more hands-off thematic approach

Congratulations, we have made it through our three-week run of… 444 more words


Read It Forward 'Classic Book Bundle' Giveaway

Another day, another book-related giveaway! This one is from Read It Forward and Litographs.

From Read It Forward: “Enter to win 1 of 5 prize packs that each include a gorgeous new edition of a classic. 183 more words


'Grace' by James Joyce

Grace by James Joyce, 1914

The magic trick:

The opening action-packed scene

Here we have Joyce’s full-on attack on Catholicism. Where the rest of Dubliners chips away here and there, “Grace” is a complete and total assault on what the author perceives to be the ignorance and hypocrisy of the religious among him. 181 more words