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Augustus Young’s ‘Light Years’ and the anti-bildungsroman

I’ve already written about the sub-genre of bildungsroman, but just as there are antiromana, capricious responses to the bristling and audacious baggy monsters, there will be… 571 more words

James Joyce

Ulysses Titbit #1

The James Joyce Ulysses class that I will be teaching for ten weekly sessions at the Oakton College Emeritus program begins next Tuesday morning. I will be posting brief items of interest from the book on this blog starting today, until the class ends on December 1. 55 more words

Russian Reading Update: Is Bely's 'Petersburg' really the Russian 'Ulysses'?

Bely had not even appeared on my initial Russian reading list, then I saw a Penguin edition of ‘Petersburg’ in the flagship Foyles book shop on Charing Cross Road. 575 more words

Book Review

On History

“History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.”


Anniversaries and the Children

Anniversaries held keen importance to James Joyce. June 16, Bloomsday, was the date he and Nora Barnacle first went walking. This date–September 16–marks a different kind of anniversary for me, the date of an accident in our family a number of years ago, a genuine shifting point in our lives. 183 more words

A Literary History of Chocolate (Public lecture, 23rd September)

“Chocolate is…the best friend of those engaged in literary pursuits” (Justus von Liebig). As if you need any further enticement to indulge in two of life’s pleasures, our next… 355 more words


Talking Ales with Angelo Part 2 – The Evolution of Barley’s Brewing

In my last post we took a look back at the early days of Barley’s Brewing and the origins of some of their classic beers, like the Centennial and Scottish Ales.  1,793 more words

Ohio Beer