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James Augustine Aloysius Joyce, aged two, earned the family name of "Sunny Jim" for his cheerful disposition. (1884)Sunny Jim, 1888.Graduate of University College Dublin, 1902.First visit to Paris, 1902, cut short by his mother's illness.Dublin, 1904, the year Joyce met Nora Barnacle. (Photo: CK Curran)Zurich, 1915. (Photo: Alex Ehrenzweig)Trieste, 1915. (Photo: Ottacaro Weiss)Zurich, 1918.Paris, 1922. (Photo: Man Ray)Sussex, 1923.Paris. Man Ray portrait, early 1920s.Paris, 1926. (Photo: Bernice Abbott.)Paris. Bernice Abbott protrait, 1929.Paris, 1931.Paris, 1931.Paris. Classic James Joyce, 1929 - another Bernice Abbott photo.Paris, 1930.Paris, mid-1930s photo by Liphitski.1930s.Paris, 1937. (Photo: Joseph Breitenbach)Zurich, 1939. (Photo: Gisele Freunde)A troubled Joyce in an undated photo. Zurich, 1938.
James Joyce Portrait Gallery
Drawing by K-Fai Steele
Marilyn Monroe reading Ulysses.
Photo by Eve Arnold.
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Monday, June 4 - Talk
James Joyce, Libraries & Periodicals
First Unitarian Church - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
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Monday, June 11 - Talk
What's Wrong With Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom?
First Unitarian Church - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
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Tuesday, June 12 - Film
Paris: The Luminous Years
Worcester Public Library - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
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Thursday, June 14 - Open Mic
James Joyce Poetry
Street Beat Poetry Series
One Ekman Street - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Saturday, June 16 - The Worcester Ramble
Bloomsday 2012

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Updated June 1
Welcome to Bloomsday 2012!
2012 Bloomsday
Planning Committee
Carrie Corocoran
Francine D'Alessandro
Kristina England
Jim Fay
Sam Lalos
Jay Lavalle
Dan Lewis
Anne Marie Lucci
Laura Jehn Menides
Robert Steele
Monday, June 4
7:30pm to 9:00pm

James Joyce, Libraries & Periodicals

Dathalinn O'Dea & Andrew Kuhn join us from Boston College,
lending interests in modernist literature and little magazines/literary
journalism.to a discussion of Joyce's use of libraries and his periodical
Go to the photos and more from this program!

Monday, June 11
7:30pm to 9:00pm

What's Wrong With Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom?

Johanna Winart is a graduate of Stanford and Cambridge and a PhD
candidate at the University of Chicago, where she's taught a course on
Ulysses.  She will teaching at the College of the Holy Cross this fall. 
Go to the photos and more from this progam!

First Unitarian Church
Bancroft Room
90 Main Street, Worcester
(Parking and entrance on State Street.)
Tuesday, June 12
6:30pm to 8:30pm

Film: Paris-The Luminous Years

Why Paris? This is the epic story of Paris from an unprecedented point of view - not as the familiar, glamorous backdrop for the revolutions that exploded there, but as the active protagonist, catalyst, and midwife to modernity. The film spotlights now-famous key figures in the art world's first international avant-garde, tracing who came to Paris and why, whom they met, and what they made there, and how being in Paris transformed them and their work. (From the film notes.)

Worcester Public Library
Saxe Room
3 Salem Square, Worcesster

Free & Open to the Public - We'll supply coffee and soft drinks; bring your own snacks.

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Thursday, June 14
7:00pm to 9:00pm

James Joyce Poetry

Readings of James Joyce poetry and brief prose selections.

Street Beat
One Ekman Street, Worcester

Free & Open to the Public. Refreshments.

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Saturday, June 16
Bloomsday 2012 - The Worcester Ramble
8:00am to 9:30am
Bancroft Tower
Bancroft Tower Road

Episode 1 - Telemachus

"Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed."

Coffee & donuts provided.
We ramble rain or shine!

You may need a chair for some outdoor sites.

Participation is free & open to the public.

Refreshments available at some stops but you must pay for your own meals.

Print the full schedule. (pdf)Revised June 1

Leopold Bloom
by K-Fai Steele
10:00am to 11:30am
Worcester Public Library
Friends' Cafe
3 Salem Square

Episode 4 - Calypso

"Leopold Bloom ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls."

12noon to 1:30pm
Armsby Abbey
144 Main Street

Episode 11 - Sirens

"Bronze by gold heard the hoofirons, steelyringing imper-
thnthn, thnthnthn."

Buy your own brunch - menu posted on their website

2:00pm to 3:30pm
Rural Cemetery
180 Grove Street, Worcester

Episode 5 - Lotus Eaters

"By lorries along Sir John Rogerson's Quay Mr Bloom walked soberly, past Windmill Lane, Leask's the linseed crusher's, the postal telegraph office."

4:00pm to 5:30pm
Jewish Healthcare Center
629 Salisbury Street
Ground Floor Conference Room

Episode 13 - Nausicaa

"The summer evening had begun to enfold the world in its mysterious embrace."
6:00pm to 7:30pm
O'Connor's Restaurant
1160 West Boylston Street

A chance to talk about the day and regroup for the final push. There is no scheduled reading but feel free to share a passage or two with the Ramblers and other diners.

Buy your own dinner.
8:00pm to 10:00pm
Espress Yourself Cafe
2 Richmond Avenue

Episode 15 - Circe

"The Mabbot street entrance of nighttown, before which stretches an uncobbled transiding set with skeleton tracks, red and green will-o'-the-wisps and danger signals.".
A proof page from Ulysses - with Joyce's corrections and additions.
June 4

James Joyce, Libraries & Periodicals

First Unitarian Church

Dathalinn O'Dea and Andrew Kuhn discussed the importance of periodicals for Joyce as sources of information and income and as a way for Joyce to remain connected to Dublin after he moved to Trieste, Zurich and Paris.  In particular, Dathalinn discussed the Irish journal Danaand the Irish Homestead as well as the American journal Little Review. Andrew also spoke of Joyce's use of the Dublin National Library, which is the site of the Scylla & Charybdis section of Ulysses.
John Eglington was the editor of Dana. His real name was William Kirkpatrick Magee. However, he appears under his 'real' pseudonym "John Eglington" in the Scylla & Charybdis section of Ulysses.  Dana means "bold" in Gaelic.George William Russell, known by the pseudonym AE, edited The Irish Homestead. In Scylla & Charybdis, Stephen Dedalus puns on money has has borrowed from AE: "A.E.I.O.U."Joyce depended on his income from contributions to "The Irish Homestead" - while they lasted - when he and Nora first moved to Trieste. The Little Review serialized Ulysses in the United States.The Egoist serialized "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" as well as "Ulysses" in Great Britain, thanks to the support of Ezra Pound and Harriet Shaw Weaver.Harriet Shaw Weaver provided funding for The New Freewoman, later renamed The Egoist, for which she became editor.  Later, she became Joyce's patron and guardian to Lucia Joyce. Ezra Pound, as literary editor of The Egoist, arranged for publication of "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" and provided Joyce with contacts in the literary community.The Dublin National Library, established in 1877, was designed by Thomas Newenham Deane.  Leopold Bloom and Stephen Dedalus find their ways there in Scylla & Charybdis.

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Visit the Modernist Journals Project which has digitized and made available online several of the publications Dathalinn and Andrew discussed.


The Egoist

The Little Review

WCPA president Jay Lavelle introduced the program.Dathalinn O'Dea.Andrew Kuhn.A lively Q&A.Yes.
"Mr. Bloom came to Kildare Street.  First I must. Library." (from Lestrygonians)
Above: This images Bloomsday maps of Dublin include the street dames and the names of the Ulysses characters encountered at each location. Rachel Kerr created the map and invites you to visit her web page Leopoldsday.com
Left: Many James Joyce materials are now in the public domain and the Irish National Library has put many of its James Joyce manuscripts and other documents online.

Here's a link to the story.

And a direct link to the site.
June 11

What's Wrong with Stephen Dedalus
and Leopold Bloom?

First Unitarian Church

Johanna Winart presented the two main characters in Ulysses. The talk touched on how the characters interacted and how Joyce chose to portray how they interacted with the world. Johanna also talked about the various ways people choose to 'read' the novel, whether as a series of Joycean literary pyrotechnics filled with puzzles to solve or delving into the existential questions raised by Joyce through Dedalus and Bloom. Audience questions led to a spirited discussion following the talk

Johanna will be teaching at the College of the Holy Cross in the fall.
    "What spectacle confronted them when they, first the host, then the guest, emerged silently, doubly dark, from obscurity by a passage from the rere of the house into the penumbra of the garden?
    "The heaventree of stars hung with humid nightblue fruit."
(from Ithaca)

Photo: NASA.gov
Johanna WinartJay Lavelle, WCPA president, and Johanna WinartThe final Yes.
June 12

Paris - The Luminous Years
Toward the Making of the Modern

Worcester Public Library

This film is the who's who and what's what of the energy and creativity in Paris from 1905 to 1930.

It's an amazing story of how all the pieces - painters, poets, composers,  choreographers, and writers - fit together. And how the artists challenged and nurtured each other.

No summary will do it justice. See more
at the PBS website.

And this interview with the filmmaker,
Perry Miller Adato.

An excerpt from Janet Flanner's 1972 introduction to Paris Was Yesterday:

"The publication in toto of Ulysses in 1922 was indubitably the most exciting, important, historic single literary event of the early Paris expatriate literary colony.......it burst over us, young in Paris, like an explosion in print whose words and phrases fell upon us like a gift of tongues, like a less than holy Pentecostal experience."
We took the photo before the film started so late arrivals are missing.
This image of James Joyce is a 1902 postcard
he had made during his brief first visit to Paris.

In the "Proteus" section of Ulysses, Stephen Dedalus recalls his time in Paris before being summoned home with the telegram:
Mother dying come home father.

"Paris rawly waking, crude sunlight on her lemon streets. Moist pith of farls of bread, the froggreen wormwood, her matin incense, court the air."

June 14

James Joyce Poetry (and a little prose!)

Street Beat

It was an evening of boisterous poetry and prose, Joycean gossip and talk of music -
although no music was was harmed during
the program. We had a few poems and
some Finnegans Wake, as well.

"I can't understand some of my critics, like Pound or Miss Weaver, for instance. They say it's obscure. They compare it, of course, with Ulysses. But the action of Ulysses was chiefly during the daytime, and the action of my new work takes place chiefly at night. It's natural things should not be so clear at night, isn't it now?"   
- James Joyce, commenting on Finnegans Wake
Sculptor Éamonn O'Doherty's interpretation of Anna Livia Plurabelle,
the personification of the River Liffey (Abhainn na Life in Irish Gaelic)
in Finnegans Wake.
Photo: Villanova University Digital Library
"As he set foot on O’Connell bridge a puffball of smoke plumed up from the parapet.  Brewery barge with export stout.  England.  Sea air sours it, I heard.  Be interesting one day get a pass through Hancock to see the brewery.  Regular world in itself. Vats of porter wonderful.  Rats get in too.  Drink themselves bloated as big as a collie floating.  Dead drunk on the porter.  Drink till they puke again like christians.  Imagine drinking that!  Rats: vats.  Well of course if we knew all the things."
(from Lestrygonians)
"riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.

...a way a lone a last a loved a long the..."

Finnegans Wake,
finish and start
A Flower Given to My Daughter

Frail the white rose and frail are
Her hands that gave
Whose soul is sere and paler
Than time's wan wave.

Rosefrail and fair - yet frailest
A wonder wild
In gentle eyes though veilest,
My blueveined child.

James Joyce
from Pomes Penyeach
James Joyce and Lucia Joyce, circa 1926.

The 19 year old Lucia had been studying dance and would perform professionally for several years. By 1930, she began to exhibit signs of mental illness later identified as schizophrenia, although James Joyce never really accepted the diagnosis. In 1935, Lucia was under the care of Carl Jung. Jung said Lucia and her father were like two people heading to the bottom of a river, except that he was diving and she was falling.
A few intrepid souls persisted to the bitter/sweet end.
"...when they were yung and easily freudened...."
Finnegans Wake
June 16

Bloomsday 2012 - The Worcester Ramble

Many thanks to all the Ramblers, friends old and new, for another great Bloomsday!

Here are a few photos, including some sent along by Kristina England (keeper of the WCPA Facebook page) and Helene Sansoucy.  If you have photos to share we would love to post them!

If you're in a photo but not identified, it's because your humble archivist can't remember your name.
Deepest apologies to all - just let us know who you are and the correction will be made ASAP.

"...yes I said yes I will Yes."

Our theme this year honors Molly Bloom's soliloquy in the "Penelope" episode which closes out Ulysses.
Photo: Kristina England
It was all blue skies at Bancroft Tower on Saturday, June 16, 2012.   Let the Ramble commence!8:00 AM - The Worcester Ramblers assemble.  (Photo: Helene Sansoucy)"He held the bowl aloft and intoned: Introibo ad altare Dei."   Robert Steele starts us on our way reading from "Telemachus." (Photo: Helene Sansoucy)"Warm sunshine merrying over the sea. The nickel shaving bowl shone, forgotten, on the parapet. Why should I bring it down? Or leave it there all day, forgotten friendship? "  Collin continues the story.The residents of Martello Tower, roused and fed, disperse. We move on to the "Nestor" episode. (Photo: Kristina England)Salisbury Park is a hidden Worcester gem located atop Bancroft Hill.  Our first reading at the tower in 2005 was marred by a dreary, overcast June 16. The Ramble started meeting here at 8:00 AM in 2006.  Previously, we began the day with Ben Franklin Books at 10:00 AM.  Tim Walsh reading from the "Nestor" episode: Stephen's classroom in Mr. Deasy's school.The Bancroft Tower Yes.Carle Johnson traditionally begins the reading of "Calypso" where we first meet Leopold Bloom. (Photo: Kristina England)The Ramblers met at the Worcester Public Library's Friends Cafe located at the library entrance near the Friends Bookstore. We enjoyed an overflow crowd and the crowd seemed to enjoy the visit with Leopold and Molly Bloom - and their cat.  Mrkgnao!  (Photo: Kristina England)Eventually, we had to move the potted palms to better appreciate Plumtree's Potted Meat.Enjoying our first meeting with Molly Bloom.Mr. Bloom ponders the meaning of metempsychosis. Molly wants another book by Paul de Kock, preferably something smutty.We had worked our way into the "Lotus Eaters" episode and found we had left behind our wandering  'S  from the H.E.L.Y.'S. sign.The Worcester Public Library Yes.The Armsby Abbey Yes.Assembling at Rural Cemetery. We chose to read at a beautiful Celtic cross memorializing members of the Washburn family. (Photo: Helene Sansoucy)Getting everyone on the same page is always a challenge due to the numerous editions of Ulysses in use. (Photot: Helene Sansoucy)Reading at Rural Cemetery.Listening at Rural Cemetery. Julia, a Clark student, was our youngest Rambler this year. She and her father (previous photo) attended several sessions. (Photo: Kristina England)A wonderful selection of hats this year!  (Photo: Kristina England)Several visitors stayed for a short while. (Photo: Kristina England)Kristina England reading at Rural Cemetery.Kristina and her aunt, who participated in the reading. The Rural Cemetery Yes.Laura and Byron Menides joined us at the Jewish Healthcare Center. Unfortunately, Angela Dorenkamp, one of the founders of our Bloomsday celebration, was not feeling well enough to join us in the conference room for our reading of  the "Nausicaa" episode.The Jewish Healthcare Center Yes.The O'Connor's Restaurant Yes.In the final stretch now, we re-caffeinate ourselves to take on "Ithaca" rather than "Circe".  It's all good.It's not that easy to read in a circle when the shape chosen by readers is not circular. Eventually, we got the hang of it.Reading toward the 14th hour in a dimly lit cafe is not for the faint of heart nor weak of eye.  We ended with a few dozen lines from "Penelope" - of course.The Espress Yourself Cafe Yes.The Bloomsday 2012 bookmark.
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