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Joyce begins writing Finnegans Wake

On this day in 1923, Joyce wrote a letter to his patroness, Harriet Shaw Weaver, announcing that he had started writing a new book.<p><b>Yesterday I wrote</b> …

The Most Dangerous Book reviewed: James Joyce’s Ulysses is illuminated by Kevin Birmingham’s study.

So, you’ve decided to read <i>Ulysses</i>. Mazel tov! <i>Sláinte</i>! You’re surely aware that it’s a “difficult” book—<i>the</i> difficult book—but no fear, there’s a …

Dublin visit 'like stepping back into a novel'

James Joyce immortalized this misty port city in his literary epic “Ulysses,” though many Dubliners freely admit they haven’t read a word of the …

50 Shades Of Greatness: The Birth Of 'Ulysses' — 'The Most Dangerous Book'

Support the news<p>Oh, you scandalous hussy, Gerty MacDowell, you sure know how to cause a stir. Imagine, letting Leopold Bloom glimpse your uncovered …

Everything You Need to Enjoy Reading James Joyce’s Ulysses on Bloomsday

Since its publication in 1922, James Joyce's <i>Ulysses</i> has enjoyed a status, in various places and in various ways, as The Book to Read. Alas, this …

Ulysses page-by-page

Characters-in-episodes table<p>[i've probably missed some sneaky ones]<p>green = appears; yellow = mentioned; purple = …

Hear All of Finnegans Wake Read Aloud: A 35 Hour Reading

After the publication and eventual triumph of <i>Ulysses</i>, James Joyce spent the remainder of his life working secretively on a “Work in Progress” that he …

How James Joyce Used His Talent for Interior Monologue to Offer Insight Into His Characters

In the latest of their “Literature” series, the School of Life offers insight into the life and times of author James Joyce, explaining how his …

Creative Writing

Israel and the Kafkaesque

It was itself a pretty Kafkaesque headline: “Kafka’s papers seized by Israeli judges”, declared the Times earlier this week.<p>News that Israel’s …

40 People On The Weirdest, Most Effed Up Things They Have Overheard While Eavesdropping

Found on AskReddit.<p>I was sitting in the grass at a track meet and overheard two guys talking.<p>Guy 1, “So I took the scissors to my nipple and started …

7 Christmas songs that are unintentionally depressing

Sometimes music that’s supposedly joyous is decidedly not. These holiday downers will bring out the Grinch in you<p>Christmas time is supposed to be packed with joy. But let’s face it: Sometimes we are left with emotional lumps of coal. From the social anxiety of chatting with distant relatives, to …

These Fascinating Maps Show The Origin Of Words We Use All The Time

U.S. playwright Rita Mae Brown said: "Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going."<p>That quote comes to mind looking at these fascinating European etymology maps of various commons words posted by reddit user sp07, which provide a kind of …

Roadmap