Re: Joyce, Episode 84a: Joyce Enjoying Joyce

jan 20, 2012

Re: Joyce, Episode 84a: Joyce Enjoying Joyce

Frank unfolds Joyce’s daily life in Zurich, which he in many ways abandoned to live in the Dublin of his Ulysses.


Re: Joyce, Episode 85: Golden Geese

jan 25, 2012

Re: Joyce, Episode 85: Golden Geese

“On the steps of the Paris stock exchange the
goldskinned men quoting prices on their gemmed fingers.
Gabble of geese. They swarmed loud, uncouth about the
temple, their heads thickplotting under maladroit silk hats.
Not theirs: these clothes, this speech, these gestures. Their
full slow eyes belied the words, the gestures eager and
unoffending, but knew the rancours massed about them
and knew their zeal was vain. Vain patience to heap and
hoard. Time surely would scatter all. A hoard heaped by
the roadside: plundered and passing on. Their eyes knew
their years of wandering and, patient, knew the dishonours
of their flesh.”

Stephen reflects vividly upon Mr. Deasy’s rant.

Re: Joyce, Episode 84: Light and Dark

jan 18, 2012

Re: Joyce, Episode 84: Light and Dark

“His eyes open wide in vision stared sternly across the
sunbeam in which he halted.

—A merchant, Stephen said, is one who buys cheap
and sells dear, jew or gentile, is he not?
—They sinned against the light, Mr Deasy said gravely.
And you can see the darkness in their eyes. And that is
why they are wanderers on the earth to this day.”

Mr. Deasy expounds upon the Jews.

Re: Joyce, Episode 84: Braggadocio and Bigotry

jan 11, 2012
(There appears to be no Episode 82)

Re: Joyce, Episode 84: Braggadocio and Bigotry

“—I want that to be printed and read, Mr Deasy said.
You will see at the next outbreak they will put an
embargo on Irish cattle. And it can be cured. It is cured.

My cousin, Blackwood Price, writes to me it is regularly
treated and cured in Austria by cattledoctors there. They
offer to come over here. I am trying to work up influence
with the department. Now I’m going to try publicity. I
am surrounded by difficulties, by … intrigues by …
backstairs influence by …
He raised his forefinger and beat the air oldly before his
voice spoke.
—Mark my words, Mr Dedalus, he said. England is in
the hands of the jews. In all the highest places: her finance,
her press. And they are the signs of a nation’s decay.
Wherever they gather they eat up the nation’s vital
strength. I have seen it coming these years. As sure as we
are standing here the jew merchants are already at their
work of destruction. Old England is dying.
He stepped swiftly off, his eyes coming to blue life as
they passed a broad sunbeam. He faced about and back
—Dying, he said again, if not dead by now.
The harlot’s cry from street to street
Shall weave old England’s windingsheet.”

Mr. Deasy, in addition to his other qualities, is a paranoid and a bigot.

Re: Joyce, Episode 82: Foot and Mouth and Modernism

jan 04, 2012

Re: Joyce, Episode 82: Foot and Mouth and Modernism

“Foot and mouth disease. Known as Koch’s preparation.
Serum and virus. Percentage of salted horses. Rinderpest.
Emperor’s horses at Murzsteg, lower Austria. Veterinary
surgeons. Mr Henry Blackwood Price. Courteous offer a
fair trial. Dictates of common sense. Allimportant
question. In every sense of the word take the bull by the
horns. Thanking you for the hospitality of your columns.”

A letter to the editor, deconstructed.