Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Game of Evenings | Adolf Hoffmeister | Granta Magazine

The Game of Evenings | Adolf Hoffmeister | Granta Magazine: "James Joyce met the Czech writer Adolf Hoffmeister in Paris several times in 1929 and 1930. Joyce was writing Finnegans Wake under the title Work in Progress and had completed the ‘Anna Livia Plurabelle’ section of the book. A Czech translation by Hoffmeister, Vladimír Procházka and Marie Weatherall was published in 1932. In the introduction to an excerpt published a year earlier in Literární noviny, Hoffmeister and Procházka wrote: ‘The complete Work in Progress, will never be translated, because no one would be able to translate it, taking into account the average life-span . . . We are fully aware that we are doing work which will not be understood and will go unrewarded . . . Our translation will never be a precise mirror of the original. But . . . we are clear that we have attempted a translation of beautiful poetry, one which extends the vault of the sky over the world of man.’

Hoffmeister’s interview with Joyce which begins below was published in Rozpravy aventina over two issues in 1930-31. The conversation was conducted in French. This is its first full publication in English."

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Wake for Finnegan..

Here's Finnegan's Wake: The PARTY

Here's the Finnegans Wake playlist on YouTube:
1 3:42 The Clancy Brothers - Finnegan's Wake 
2 1:29:31 "Passages from James Joyce's Finnegans Wake" (1965) -- d. Mary Ellen Bute
3 4:07 Jefferson Airplane - Rejoyce
4 9:04 James Joyce Reading Finnegans Wake (w/Subtitles)
5 2:06 Finnegans Wake
6 2:20 Dropkick Murphys Finnegans Wake
7 3:12 Tim Finnegans Wake with Lyrics
8 3:34 The Irish Rovers - Finnegans Wake
9 4:13 The Rolling Stones - She's A Rainbow 
10 4:02 Aimee Mann- Humpty Dumpty [Lost In Space]
11 1:19 Humpty Dumpty kid Song
12 7:10 James Joyce || The Ballad of Persse O'Reilly [from Finnegans Wake]
13 7:26 Tristan - Isolde Liebestod

14 9:01 Jessye Norman - Wagner - Tristan und Isolde; Mild und Leise


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Further celebrations of the end that is a beginning

Here's a link to fellow Santa Cruz Waker Leslie Karst's report on our last meeting over at her blog, Custard and Clues. Unlike me, she had the presence of mind to get one of the Poet and Patriot's friendly staff to take a picture.

And if you just can't get enough of the wrapping up, I put a post up about our adventure at the art and lit website Escape Into Life, aimed more at people who are not yet converts to reading Finnegans Wake at all.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

April, 2009 to September 6, 2017

Anyone who has in any haphazard fashion followed this blog might be forgiven for thinking that Finnegans Wake in Santa Cruz had foundered under its weighty project, but they would be wrong. It's only the blog that's become more intermittent.. Last night, at round about 6:20, Finnegans Wake in Santa Cruz finished its first group reading of Finnegans Wake. I of course can't say that we finished a book that famously has no end, but we have now read all the text that it contains.

Thanks not to meticulous record keeping but to a pencil scrawl in the front of my copy I know that we began our reading in April of 2009. I don't have the exact day, although it would have been a Wednesday because we have kept faithful to that. And I didn't think to mark it at the time, but only at some later date, when I could still reckon back to the beginning. Last night I scrawled in the actual date of the end because I now know that a few months down the road I won't remember that either.

I'm not sure that this would be so true for younger readers, but I think it's fair to say that for an older group like ours, a hint of mortality echoes through the final pages. Eight years have passed since we began. We are all at different phases of our life than we were when we started. Yet there is a kind of magic circle aspect to having loyally read the Wake together. However we have changed in ordinary mortals' time, within the group we have not altered all that much. The group dynamics are what they've always been, and we each bring an almost archetypal aspect of ourselves to the reading. After leaving the in itself rather archetypal pub where we've convened since the beginning and having dinner together elsewhere, I was struck by the fact that we both are and are not the same group in a different context. We both are and are not what we bring to that table, hunkered down around the text amid whatever commotion any given evening at the pub might bring.

A kindly pub staff member took a group photo for us, which perhaps will resurface here at some point, and we told him that we had finished. Most of the regulars there have no idea why it's taken us so long to get through one book, but they seem to like us in a bemused fashion. He asked what we were planning to read next. "This," someone said, holding up their tattered copy of the book.

Finnegan, begin again. But first we'll be taking a little break.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Another project from Waywords and Meansigns

A third offering from Waywords and Meansigns is due out on May 4th. According to an article from Hyperallergic, this one will concentrate on individual passages from the Wake rather than full chapters. The second rendition of the Wake from 2016 can be found at the bottom of the Hyperallegic article.