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A certain pride, a certain awe, withheld him from offering to God even one prayer at night, though he knew it was in God’s power to take away his life while he slept and hurl his soul hellward ere he could beg for mercy.

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Dubliners by James Joyce: A Mother

Mrs. Kearney strikes a deal in this next short story in James Joyce’s Dubliners. She agrees to a contract with Mr. Holohan, agreeing for her daughter to play as an accompanist in a concert for a sum of money. 341 more words


Unfinished Business

I have considered giving up, at some point, nearly every book that I have read recently. I don’t think it’s a general weariness with reading, I just think that I’m not getting the mix of fiction/non-fiction, fantastical-fiction/realistic-fiction correct at the moment and that I’m reading books when I’m not in the mood for them. 1,198 more words


A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

“To live, to err, to fall, to triumph, to recreate life out of life.”

Starting an Important Book is a constricting moment. The weight of expectation fits snuggly, but I’m never sure if it’s expectation for the book or myself. 585 more words


Hervey Cleckley Quotes #2

Renowned critics and some professors in our best universities reverently acclaim as the superlative expression of genius James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake, a 628-page collection of erudite gibberish indistinguishable to most people from the familiar word-salad produced by hebephrenic patients on the back wards of any State Hospital.

The Mask of Sanity


New Acquisition - "H"

Julie and I have recently acquired a piece by Russell, “H,” which is the first letter in H.C.E., the main character in James Joyce’s novel, Finnegans Wake.  164 more words

James Russell

The National Portrait Gallery, London

The National Portrait Gallery is, to me, the best of the London Galleries.  Here you can see some excellent portraiture of those who influenced the world we live in. 535 more words