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James Joyce Centre Bloomsday Page by jjqblog
March 27, 2015, 11:34 AM
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The James Joyce Centre in Dublin has launched a new website dedicated to The Bloomsday Festival. The page provides general information about the Joycean holiday as well as a detailed program of the Centre’s events, which begin on the 11th and culminate on Bloomsday. As in past years, these include multiple walking tours, pub crawls, meals, and of course, readings of Ulysses. Many of the events are repeated so if you miss something make sure and check every day’s list of events. The Bloomsday page also includes a listing of Bloomsday-related events around Dublin, and features an interactive map and regional groupings of the events so you can plan your Bloomsday efficiently. In addition, the Centre’s page provides a form to submit any Bloomsday events not already included and links to dedicated Facebook and Twitter accounts to follow the events in real time.



The L. E. James Joyce by jjqblog
March 23, 2015, 9:05 AM
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Drones, cannons, and guns are a far cry from silence, exile, and cunning, but that’s what you’ll find aboard the Irish Naval Service’s new “offshore patrol vessel,” the Long Eireannach James Joyce.  The 300-foot vessel is equipped with twin diesel engines, cannons and machine guns of every size, orbiter drones, and mini-submarines.  It has been commissioned to pair with the L. E. Samuel Beckett, a nearly identical ship, to patrol 158,000 square miles of Ireland’s “exclusive economic zone” extending West into the Atlantic and East toward Great Britain.  Although Leopold Bloom likely would have been fascinated by such details, it still seems odd that Joyce’s name is now attached to a piece of military equipment used to secure national boundaries.  Popular Science has more details on the ship’s equipage and technology.



The Complete Ulysses Audio Recording by jjqblog
March 16, 2015, 4:14 PM
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As part of a project that began 30 years ago, called The Complete Ulysses, The Radio Foundation, Inc. is releasing a full recording of Ulysses.  Each chapter will be read by a notable actress or actor, including Alec Baldwin, John Lithgow, Jerry Stiller, Garrison Keillor, Anne Meara, Wallace Shawn, Bob Dishy, Anne Enright, Bob Odenkirk, poet Paul Muldoon, and Caraid O’Brien as Molly Bloom.  Audio files of the readings will be available in a variety of formats, and when all episodes are complete, they will be available as a set on compact disk.  The Complete Ulysses has its roots in several radio broadcast marathon readings beginning in 1981 and will total around 30 hours of reading.  For a more complete history of the project and to access the recordings, follow this link.