Milton Hebald, 1917-2015 by jjqblog
January 19, 2015, 4:07 PM
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Joyce GraveAfter nearly a century of artistic activity, prolific sculptor, Milton Hebald, passed away on January 5, 2015 at an assisted living facility in West Hollywood.  Hebald was the artist who created the famous sculpture of Joyce thinking and holding a book at his grave in Zurich, Switzerland.  He was also the artist behind a number of public sculptures primarily in New York and Los Angeles, including the 12 Signs of the Zodiac sculpture that hung in the John F. Kennedy Airport and “Olympiade ‘84”, which depicts three women running outside the Stuart Ketchum Downtown YMCA in Los Angeles.   Follow this link for a more complete account of Hebald’s life and work.


Former Joyce Residence For Sale by jjqblog
December 23, 2014, 8:41 AM
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A home in Dublin Joyce is thought to have lived in during his childhood has been listed for €500,000. The home is located at Number 17 Richmond Street North, of North Circular Road in Dublin. The house façade is red brick like so many of the homes he describes in his work and features three bedrooms, two reception rooms, and additional living, kitchen, and sleeping space. In the back, it features a garden, working area, and alley access. It has more recently been used as a boarding house, but the listing agent feels it could function as a single family home. Either way, the home, if Joyce did live there, serves as an interesting example of the types of domestic spaces Joyce envisioned when writing. Follow this link for more information.

“He licked thick word soup” Joyce App by jjqblog
December 15, 2014, 4:26 AM
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A new Joyce app is another in a recent string of Joyce-related digital toys and tools. The app, called “He licked thick word soup,” allows users to physically manipulate chunks of text. The app wants to make the experience of Ulysses more tactile by requiring readers to move strings of text around with their fingers on a touch screen phone or tablet. The app consists of four increasingly difficult episodes. By the end of the process, the user will have untangled as many as 100 sentences from throughout Ulysses.The designer Ariel Malka, from Tel Aviv, chose Ulysses for his project because the novel represents a unique reading experience and because Joyce consciously filled it with puzzles. His app forces users to slow down and engage with the work by making them “literally wrestle” with the strings of text. “He licked thick word soup” is available from both Android and iOS app stores. Read more about the app here and here.

New IJJF Board Election Results by jjqblog
November 21, 2014, 10:23 AM
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The International James Joyce Foundation has announced the newest elected members of its board of trustees.  Representatives from North America include Tim Conley, Claire Culleton, and Jolanta Wawrzycka. The new non-North American members are ​Rosa Maria Bosinelli, Ronan Crowley, Terence Killeen, and David Spurr.  It’s good to see the Foundation remains in such trusted and innovative hands.

Joyce’s Complete Works Translated into Korean by jjqblog
November 4, 2014, 10:19 AM
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IMG_20141104_101500253Dr. Chong-keon Kim, honorary professor of Korea University, Seoul, Korea, finally attained his long-cherished desire to translate all Joyce’s works into Korean. His Complete Works of James Joyce Translated into Korean, published in 2013, is a landmark both in the Korean history of translation and in the studies of English literature in Korea. Rather than simply translating Joyce’s works into Korean, Dr. Kim tried to translate every Joycean word into Korean while maintaining the original meaning. For this, he often added annotations and put the original English words in parentheses right after the translated words into Korean. Dr. Kim’s translation became a trigger to make Joyce studies more active in Korea.  Indeed, without his translation, it would be impossible for common Korean readers to better understand Joyce’s works.

Dance Production of the Wake by jjqblog
October 29, 2014, 10:15 AM
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Choreographer Jenny McAllister, who works out of San Francisco, has created a highly unusual and interesting dance production inspired by Finnegans Wake, titled “A Wake.”  The production loosely follows the plot of the Wake and includes a diverse range of accompanying choral music and some less standard selections including music by Tom Waits.  Leopold Bloom even makes an appearance.  Sections of the Wake are spoken by the dancers, but others are represented through dance, and the setting has changed from early twentieth century Ireland to 1980’s and 1990’s America.  The show premiered in early October at the ODC Theater in San Francisco.  Follow this link for more information.

Virtual Reality Ulysses by jjqblog
October 21, 2014, 12:13 PM
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Dublin filmmaker, Eoghan Kidney is forthright about the difficulty he experiences trying to understand Stephen Dedalus’ thoughts in the “Proteus” episode of Ulysses. In his quest to understand the text he’s enlisted several different media formats including Frank Delaney’s Re:Joyce podcast, Sam Slote’s annotations to the text, and Columbia University’s online materials. Rather than surrender to the “impenetrable” text, his solution is to literally immerse himself into its reality, even if he has to create it for himself.

Kidney has started a Fund:it page asking for donations to help build an interactive virtual reality version of the “Proteus” episode called “In Ulysses.” “In Ulysses” is part videogame, part ebook, and part audiobook. The experience is designed for an Oculus Rift VR headset, but will play on more available and ubiquitous devices on Windows, iOS, and Android platforms. The virtual experience runs on the Unreal Engine which you’ll recognize immediately if you’ve ever played a first-person shooter videogame. Kidney hopes “In Ulysses” helps readers by providing sensory cues in the immersive environment alongside an audio reading, onscreen textual annotation, images, and helpful links. Like someone walking, reading, or playing a videogame, the user can stop and investigate each link, image, section of text, or environmental cue. During the demo video, which gives you a sense of how “In Ulysses” will work and look, Kidney explains the motivation behind the project and describes what the reader/player/listener experience will be like.