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. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

A Wake for James Joyce
"James Joyce, widely regarded as Ireland’s greatest author, dies in Zurich, Switzerland, at the age of 58. ...

Monday, October 10, 2016

PQ on Trump in the Wake

Unlike me, someone's keeping up their Finnegans Wake blog. Finnegans, Wake! has a new piece on how the Wake foretold Trump, which is no surprise as it seems to foretell pretty much everything. Unfortunately, it does not reveal how our  own sad spectacle ends. Or perhaps it does, had we but eyes to read and ears to hear. Check it all out HERE.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


I've been watching a PBS series called The Greeks tonight. Much to my surprise, an early segment showed how we know about the so called Dark Ages of Greece through archeologists digging through the garbage dumps of ancient Greece. Guess what kind of things they found in the trash? Papyri of ancient Greek writings. Preeminently Homer.

Thanks, ancient Greeks, for throwing stuff out. Even the premier texts of Western Civilization.

And thanks, Mr. Joyce for making me see how important this is.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Happy Bloomsday, 2016!

Bloomsday snuck up on me this year. (Apparently it did on Google Blogger too, as I just noticed that the wavy red line beneath it as I write means that they don't recognize Bloomsday as a word. Come on, Google, you've had over a hundred years to catch up on this.) I was actually scrolling through the more depressing news of the day when I saw an article about Ulysses in the Daily Beast. It's about the judge who rendered the verdict that lifted the ban on Ulysses, and you can read it HERE.

The writer of the piece, Ben Cosgrove, notes how incisive Judge John M. Woolsey's literary observations are, and quotes from his opinion thusly:

"Joyce has attempted—it seems to me, with astonishing success—to show how the screen of consciousness with its ever-shifting kaleidoscopic impressions carries, as it were on a plastic palimpsest, not only what is in the focus of each man's observation of the actual things about him, but also in a penumbral zone residua of past impressions, some recent and some drawn up by association from the domain of the subconscious."

Thank you, Judge Woolsey.