Frank Delaney's Re: Joyce
Re: Joyce! On the international literary feast day of Bloomsday 2010, we launched a podcast to commemorate James Joyce's mighty novel, "Ulysses", the action of which took place in 18 hours of June 16, 1904. Every week you'll find a five-minute mini-essay from me designed to take you through the novel that's on every list of the greatest books ever written. And as Ulysses runs to some 375,000 words, and I mean to go through it sentence by sentence if I have to, in order to convey the full brilliance of this novel - and the enjoyment to be had from it - I'll be podcasting for some time to come! It's such an absorbing book, it's got diamond mines of references, it's so compassionate, so tender, so moving, so funny - and most of us never know that, because most of us have long been daunted by it. No need to be afraid any more - that is, if you make a habit of listening to these podcasts.

Reflections on hockey and history. Stephen reads - or at least scans - a letter.

Direct download: re_Joyce_81_Pluterperfect_Predictions.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Waiting in Mr. Deasy's office, Stephen is transported by the art on the walls.

Direct download: re_Joyce_80_Runners_and_Riders.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Stephen fails to warm to Mr. Deasy's arguments.

Direct download: re_Joyce_79_Rocky_Roads_and_Rebels.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Stephen debates Mr. Deasy - in his own mind, at least. 

Direct download: re_Joyce_78_Covenants_and_Croppies.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Frank unpacks Mr. Deasy's politics.

Direct download: re_Joyce_77_Fogies_and_Tories.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Mr. Deasy and Stephen continue their exchange, and Frank unpacks the tartan from a painting of a prince.

Direct download: Re_Joyce_76_Folds_and_Fillibegs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Stephen tallies his debts - as does Joyce.

Direct download: re_Joyce_75_Credit_and_Debt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:05am EST

Mr. Deasy expounds on the power of money; Frank digresses.

Direct download: re_Joyce_74_Proud_English_Words.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Stephen is paid, meticulously.

Direct download: re_Joyce_73_Shy_Haste.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

In this bonus episode, Frank draws from Frank Budgen's memoir to illuminate Joyce's painterly grasp of detail and language.

Direct download: re_Joyce_72a_Joyce_the_Impressionist.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EST

A little financial arrangement.

Direct download: re_Joyce_72_Shells_and_Shillings.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

As Stephen waits in the headmaster's study, we learn something about its inhabitant.

Direct download: re_Joyce_71_Of_Coins_and_Spoons.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

A new character enters the stage in the longest and least complicated passage yet.

Direct download: re_Joyce_70_At_last_Nestor.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:55am EST

More on mothers, their love, and secret childhoods.

Direct download: re_Joyce_69_Dark_Palaces.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Stephen dwells on ancient philosophers: Averroes, Moses Maimonides, Bruno.

Direct download: re_Joyce_68_A_Trio_of_Dudes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Moors, math, foxes, and the dead.

Direct download: re_Joyce_67_Dance_Music.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:04am EST

Eyeing the student Sargent, Stephen considers saints, sons, and mothers.

Direct download: re_Joyce_66_Mother_Love.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:35am EST

Stephen's reflections on a poor student plumb the limits of a mother's love.

Direct download: re_Joyce_65_Out_of_the_Shell.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

A boy stays after class, and Joyce toys with both authority and identity.

Direct download: re_Joyce_64_Blindmans_Bluff.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

As Stephen's class lets out, a riddle is asked and answered, satisfying nobody.

Direct download: re_Joyce_63_A_Lot_of_Nonsense.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Stephen is a somewhat merciful teacher. Musings on Jesus, government, and riddles.

Direct download: re_Joyce_62_Of_God_and_Caesar.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Stephen's classroom; a library in Paris; Blake and Aristotle; dragons and souls.

Direct download: re_Joyce_61_In_a_Paris_Library.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Observations on the author, and the history of Ulysses.

Direct download: re_Joyce_60a_The_Writing_of_Ulysses.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

In Stephen's classroom, Joyce brings in Milton. Reflections on drowning.

Direct download: re_Joyce_60_Living_at_this_Hour.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

In Stephen's musings on history, real and potential, Frank finds a recurring Joycean theme.

Direct download: re_Joyce_59_A_Tile_off_the_Roof.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Stephen muses on first-rate wit and second-hand history.

Direct download: re_Joyce_58_A_Disappointed_Bridge.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

In Stephen's classroom, four girls' names hint at religion, class, and sex.

Direct download: re_Joyce_57_A__Touch_of_Class.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

In Stephen's classroom, Frank muses on the names of cookies and of boys.

Direct download: re_Joyce_56_The_Cookie_Crumbles.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Stephen continues his lesson, and we learn something of both Pyrrhus and Nestor.

Direct download: re_Joyce_55_Making_The_Point.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EST

We begin Chapter 2, and find Stephen in the classroom with old battles, radical poets, and the daughters of memory.

Direct download: re_Joyce_54_Who_is_Nestor.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

June 16 is Bloomsday, as well as the one-year anniversary of this podcast.

Direct download: re_Joyce_53a_Happy_Bloomsday.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Mulligan bathes, and Stephen takes his leave. The end of chapter 1.

Direct download: re_Joyce_53_Horns_and_Hooves.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Gossip at the swimming hole: an unlikely officer, redheads, supermen, and missing ribs.

Direct download: re_Joyce_52_A_Side_of_Ribs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Stephen, Mulligan, and Haines encounter bathers, and Joyce employs some foreshadowing with news of Mulligan's brother.

Direct download: re_Joyce_51_A_Little_Exposure.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Stephen fathoms the depths of both Hell and Dublin Bay, and Frank muses upon T. S. Eliot.

Direct download: re_Joyce_50_Weaving_the_Wind.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am EST

Stephen presents us with a roll call of heresiarchs.

Direct download: re_Joyce_49_Holy_Heresy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

In this bonus episode, Frank discusses the four characters we've met so far, along with their real-life antecedents.

Direct download: re_Joyce_48a_Matters_of_Character.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Stephen considers the Church.

Direct download: re_Joyce_48_Creeds_Not_Deeds.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Stephen claims to serve three masters.

Direct download: re_Joyce_47_Masters_and_Servants.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Haines asks Stephen about a personal god, and Stephen answers - out loud, briefly, and to himself, at great length.

Direct download: re_Joyce_46_Freethinking_Walking_Sticks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Stephen and Haines share a moment and a smoke.

Direct download: re_Joyce_45_Faith_and_Cigarettes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Mulligan capers, versifies, and blasphemes.

Direct download: re_Joyce_44_Only_Joking.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Haines dwells on Hamlet, and we are reminded of the famous sons of that play, the Odyssey, and - of course - the Bible. 

Direct download: re_Joyce_43_More_Fathers_and_Sons.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Mulligan plays with paradox, and we get a foreshadowing of Stephen's father.

Direct download: re_Joyce_42_Noah_to_Zeno.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

We learn the price of both a rented tower and a lecture on Hamlet.

 

Direct download: re_Joyce_41_A_Drink_With_Thomas_Aquinas.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:25am EST

Punctuation obfuscates; but we press on, and find significance in Stephen's walking stick.

 

Direct download: re_Joyce_40_Eggs_For_Sale.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Mulligan is full of contradictions.

 

Direct download: re_Joyce_39_A_Latin_Quarter_Hat.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

We have a bit of a breather while Stephen and Buck debate what, if anything, Stephen's aphorisms are worth.

 

Direct download: re_Joyce_38_Hammocks_and_Holdfasts.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Stephen's inner voice, a presumption of remorse, and a few words on Ireland's climate.

 

Direct download: re_Joyce_37_A_Touch_of_Inwit.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Literature and lore in Joyce's Dublin.

 

Direct download: re_Joce_36a_Joyces_Early_Life.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

In a rare uncomplicated passage, milk is measured, and Frank describes the various types of junkets.

 

Direct download: re_Joyce_36_Quarts_and_Florins.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Levels of respect: for women, doctors, and the Irish language.

Direct download: re_Joyce_35_Mulligans_Milk.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Frank Delaney offers a special surprise in honor of James Joyce's Birthday.

Direct download: 34_Re_Joyce_The_Re-Joyce_Rap.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

The old woman carries, not just milk, but an allegory of Ireland herself - at least in the eyes of both Stephen and Joyce himself.

Direct download: re_Joyce_33_Silken_Kine.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

More scholarship of folklore. The milk arrives, and its bearer is mocked by Mulligan and venerated by Stephen.

Direct download: re_Joyce_episode_32_Old_Mother_Ireland.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

Mulligan gets mythic, and mocks exactly the sort of thing this podcast is doing.

Direct download: re_Joyce_31_Something_Fishy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EST

Petulance for breakfast, "pet" and "kip," and a dirty joke about the tea.

Direct download: re_Joyce_30_Joking_Joyce.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST