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Notes From a Dive Bar: Ulysses Walks Into a Bar

Alan Black | Posted 12.14.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Ulysses walks into a bar, sort of... Talk. Talk. Talk. Sticky mouths moving, shapes and shapeless lips, tongues tremble, then later some kissing an...

How to Write Fiction

Terence Clarke | Posted 12.04.2015 | Books
Terence Clarke

James Joyce holds a kind of sway over all Irish literature written in English, mostly because of Ulysses. Whether the novel deserves that sway remains open to debate. What some readers consider a work of great genius is held by others to be one of profound linguistic nuttiness.

The People United

David Morris | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
David Morris

Even mighty New York City, with over 8 million people, must go hat in hand to Albany to request permission to reduce city speed limits, install red light cameras, open their courts at night, or raise taxes other than those imposed on property.

ACT Seattle Premiers Bloomsday; A Thoughtful Look At Past, Present and Future Using James Joyce's Ulysses

L. Steven Sieden | Posted 09.30.2015 | Entertainment
L. Steven Sieden

ACT Theatre recently premiered Bloomsday, a play in which a couple who once met in Dublin dances through time and space to reunite and reconnect while asking the "what if" question that plagues so many of us at some point in our lives.

"WeHo Reads: Banned Books" Brings Together Literature, Art and Film

Lisa Derrick | Posted 09.24.2015 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

When the left and right agree on something, it's time to realize that books, art and ideas, even if we disagree with them, are vital to our growth as individuals and as a society.

A Gorgeous Collaboration Between Two Great Modernist Artists

The Huffington Post | Colton Valentine | Posted 06.18.2015 | Arts

What happens when two of the 20th century’s greatest artists team up to produce a gold-embossed, illustrated book? That book's value, just $15 in 19...

A Taxonomy of the Goldfinch

Francis Levy | Posted 05.11.2015 | Books
Francis Levy

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch has its admirers and detractors. But what can we say about the sensibility of an author who writes a novel based on a sui generis work by a l7th century painter, Carel Fabritius, at the same time naming its central character after the brother of a famous post-Impressionist painter?

An American Entrepreneur in Paris: How Sylvia Beach fought censorship

Steve Mariotti | Posted 11.25.2014 | Books
Steve Mariotti

Her story is legendary: an American bibliophile who brought her love of literature to Paris and created one of the most well-known and influential bookstores of the twentieth century, Shakespeare and Company.

Judge In Virginia Prison Sex Materials Case Dies

AP | Posted 09.06.2014 | Crime

RADFORD, Va. (AP) — U.S. District Judge James Turk, who struck down a Virginia policy that allowed prisoners to look at Playboy but not read classic...

Say Yes: Or, Happy Bloomsday, Revisited

Andrew Lewis Conn | Posted 08.12.2014 | Books
Andrew Lewis Conn

I was determined to write a novel upon graduating college. I meant to take an intensive Ulysses seminar during my senior year of Cornell but couldn't ...

Songs That Matter: Bob Dylan, 'Desolation Row'

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 04.19.2014 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

"Desolation Row" is over eleven minutes of anything, everything. For nearly fifty years, Bob Dylan's fans, critics, and writers have been trying to say what it's about. To me, it's a song I love to listen to, and one of the last great works of Modernism.

What's Good About Bad English?

Francis Levy | Posted 01.29.2014 | Books
Francis Levy

The July/August Yale Alumni Magazine includes a piece entitled "Why 'Bad' English Isn't." Describing the work of Raffaella Zanuttini, a linguistics p...

In the Writing #1: Parallax in Arrested Development and Five Other Top TV Shows

Jesse Damiani | Posted 09.29.2013 | Books
Jesse Damiani

Despite the potential frustration of its jigsaw puzzle plot, the fourth season of Arrested Development demands a non-chronological appreciation of the narrative, and introduces the function of parallax, a staple of modern and early postmodern thought.

A Play To Make James Joyce Proud

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 08.14.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

For James Joyce fans and scholars looking for a way to celebrate Bloomsday but haven't the time to attend a complete reading of Ulysses, the Irish Rep...

How Obscene! How James Joyce Told the Difference Between Art and Porn

Kalliope Lee | Posted 08.14.2013 | Arts
Kalliope Lee

At the risk of beating a dead horse, I'd like to tackle a recurrent question in the art world: Is it art or is it porn?

In Search of Things Past: Dreaming of Spain and Love

Ann Tashi Slater | Posted 07.06.2013 | Books
Ann Tashi Slater

Recently I returned to Spain. It was a holiday but also a pilgrimage, a search for something not located in geographical space. I was tracking my parents' dream of Spain, of each other; my own dream of Spain as a place where we'd all been together.

Mediterranean Diet

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 05.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

Ever since I swam in the sea at Tel Aviv as a child, warm, lapping turquoise waters have beckoned. Never mind that I was born in New England and spent my summers on Cape Cod in the frigid and boisterous Atlantic Ocean.

I'm With Stupid: Joyce in China Bigger Than Hasselhoff in Germany

Todd Hartley | Posted 04.06.2013 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I once read somewhere that James Joyce's novel Ulysses was the best book ever written, so a few years ago when I found an old copy for a dollar, I bought it.

In the Wake of Tragedy, I Seek the Comfort of Books

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 02.16.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Books remind us, again and again, that we are not alone in the world. We are not alone in suffering heartache, questioning purpose, searching for justice, or defining meaning.

VOTE: What Is The Best Novel Of All Time?

Posted 08.20.2012 | Books

The Best Novel of All Time? It's an impossible statement of course, but while we wait for the big titles of the fall to hit, and everyone is talking a...

Sharon Osbourne Apologizes For Buzzing A Contestant On 'AGT'

Posted 07.26.2012 | TV

It was a tough night of eliminations on "America's Got Talent" (Wed., 9 p.m. ET on NBC) after a very solid performance episode Tuesday night. But it b...

6-Year-Old Interprets Classic Novel Covers

Babble.com | Posted 09.15.2012 | Parents
Babble.com

What happens when this recent kindergarten graduate judges a book by its cover? Here are the results.

Why 'Ulysses' Is Like An Old Friend To A Dubliner

Richard Conway | Posted 08.15.2012 | Books
Richard Conway

'Ulysses' is often seen as a lofty thing, a piece of posturing high modernist literature, one with little relevance to the everyday. Others see it as a book about nothing at all. But these charges couldn't be further from the truth. As a Dubliner abroad, it's like meeting an old friend.

Jabba is Dead, or My Daughters Watch Return of the Jedi

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 04.23.2012 | Parents
Davis Schneiderman

I began to suspect I had made a mistake when Kallista, 4, answered a question from Athena, 6: "No, Athena, Princess Leia didn't want to be a slave so she choked Jabba and killed him."

6 Surprising Banned Books

| Posted 02.03.2012 | Books

By Daniel Lefferts for Bookish: James Joyce’s "Ulysses" turns 90 today. The nearly 800-page behemoth, long regarded as one of the best (and most ...