(poem of the day) Spirit of Ireland: An Odyssey Home by Wild Irish Poet (Joyce might like this one)

Alan Cooke, The Wild Irish Poet (blog link)


Bloomsday countdown: Ulysses’ Gaze

A legacy: Homer, Joyce, Angelopoulos.

Each re-visioning adds to my experience of its predecessors: I hope you’ll agree. Today, I will read a section of Joyce’s Ulysses accompanied by Karaindrou’s haunting music.

“A tribute to the amazing film from Theo Angelopoulos, with Harvey Keitel, Maia Morgenstern and Erland Josephson. A truly masterpiece. Music from the film´s soundtrack, composed by Eleni Karaindrou.”

Bloomsday countdown: Joyce sends me back to Homer

One thing about Joyce’s Ulysses that I especially like is the way he rewrites and parodies Homer’s Odysseus. To me, parody is not a kind of denigration: to me, it is a way to pay homage to the original source.

Ergo, today I mimic the Joycean gesture and hope some of you will accompany me. Come, my friends, ‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world.

(small wonder that we love(d) Star Trek: hear the echoes?)

p.s. Now you know why reading and writing matter so much: it is one way to change the world.