June 22, 2004

James Joyce
James Joyce
Edna O'Brien
yes I said yes I will Yes:
A Celebration of James Joyce, Ulysses, and 100 Years of Bloomsday

Edited by Nola Tully
Joyce Images
Bob Cato and Greg Vitiello, with an introduction by Anthony Burgess
Bloomsday, Bloody Bloomsday
John Banville

ReJoyce -- Reading Joyce is like being present at the very moment of Creation -- only with many more laughs. And I have my friend, the writer Kevin Grandfield, to thank for inviting me to be among the handful of readers in the crowded Cliff Dwellers Club at the recent 100th anniversary of Bloomsday. The other readers included: Charles Sheehan, the Irish Counsel General; scholar Claudia Traudt; the actors Robert Reidy, Lawrence McCauley and Courtney Baros; Kevin himself; and Rory Childers, undoubtedly the most authentic voice of the evening. Randy, raunchy, rambling and brilliant, Ulysses tops the world's great scriptures by showing us what life really is -- for better and for worse.


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