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.

A little Latin loving, perhaps?

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Father Conmee is such a thoughtful man.

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Dublin opens up to Father Conmee.

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A wonderful moment of characterization.

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In a new chapter, Dublin city is a character.

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The final moments of Scylla and Charybdis.

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Amid Mulligan's bawdry - a profound moment.

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Is the book taking over the narration?

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Stephen is barely holding on.

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Does Stephen believe his own theory?

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Stephen lays out the drama.

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Stephen’s own myth.

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Stephen identifies family villains

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Stephen & Brush up Your Shakespeare.

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Stephen dons a paternity suit.

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A Baker’s Dozen Special Edition.

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Stephen links incest to avarice.

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Stephen tallies Shakespeare’s deep resources.

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Stephen describes the Shakespeare clan.

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Shakespeare in love, sacred and profane. 

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 Buck derogates and Stephen soars.

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Buck Mulligan trashes the Playboy.

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Was Hamlet a woman? Or an Irishman?

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Stephen’s tormentor is back!

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Stephen shows Shakespearean sympathies.

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Stephen has a lot to say.

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Stephen reflects on ancient thoughts.

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Stephen is not yet among the new poetic voices.

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Stephen's twixt Shakespeare and Theosophy.

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Stephen famously opens portals of discovery.

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Stephen launches his Shakespeare theory

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Stephen’s theory moves toward lift-off.

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In the library Stephen listens.

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In the writing of Ulysses handwriting took on new meaning.

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In the library Stephen theosophizes.

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Who - or what - are Scylla and Charybdis?

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Mr. Bloom has to run and hide.

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 Mr. Bloom is a decent fellow.

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Can Mr. Bloom arrest his anguished thoughts?

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Enter some sober minor characters.

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Is Mr. Bloom really a Freemason?

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Mr. Bloom enjoys voluptuous memories.

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Mr. Bloom is melancholy about oysters.

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Mr. Bloom has to listen to some unwelcome chatter.

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Mr Bloom orders lunch and fights off malice.

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Mr. Bloom has a strange, futuristic view of dining.

 

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Mr. Bloom is too disgusted for words.

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Mr. Bloom fights melancholy with silk.

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Mr. Bloom tries a little magic experiment.

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Mr. Bloom overhears a mysterious, passing conversation.

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The light of James Joyce’s life, his daughter, Lucia.

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 Is Mr. Bloom having a sugar dip?

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Wading beneath the surface of Ulysses...

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Mr. Bloom contemplates pregnancies.

 

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A hint of the kinky in Mr. Bloom.

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Meet Cashel Boyle O’Connor Fitzmaurice Tisdall Farrell.

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Mr. Bloom displays compassion.

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Mr. Bloom meets a pretty old friend.

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Mr. Bloom has fond memories.

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The sandwich men are here!

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An advertisement worries Mr. Bloom.

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Mr. Bloom feeds the birds.

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And on we go - into Chapter Eight.

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Quiet departure from the cave of the winds.

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Will the editor print Stephen's tale?

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The Father of the Winds asks to be kissed.

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Stephen begins to tell a story.

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For New Year’s Day a Baker’s Dozen Special Edition on the year of Leopold Bloom.

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