Friday, February 02, 2007

Birthday Felicitations For James Joyce

And lo, 165 years ago, a star was seen in the West and a saviour was born. And they beheld him, even him, our Messiah, clothed upon in the glory of his brightness. And there came a voice out of heaven crying James! James Augustine Aloysius!
Birthday greetings for James Joyce, writer, son, husband, father and, it's been scientifically proven, the greatest man who ever lived. Born on Candlemas, Joyce was always a comedian ... entwining our arts with laughters low. So raise a glass or ten and wish the old boy a very happy birthday.

All stills from Joycean Avatars, a short film by Anthony Osborne.


Blogger Dr Anthony Donovan said...

Hail to J.J.

Great stills.

1:58 PM  
Blogger St Anthony said...

As I asked in an email to Rose, what would the collective noun for a multitude of James Joyces be ... a booze of Joyces? A scribe of Joyces?

2:17 PM  
Blogger Dr Anthony Donovan said...

A choice of Joyce...? A moist of Joyce... A Beuys of Joyce...

3:36 PM  
Blogger St Anthony said...

A Beuys of Joyce, I like that one. Beuys was a bit of a Joycean, wasn't he? Didn't he write some further chapters for Ulysses?

4:11 PM  
Blogger rockmother said...

A brace of Joycii?

Dubliners is one of my favourite books ever.

12:57 PM  
Blogger Tim Footman said...

A Modernist who loved life.

And that's just where the contradictions start.

3:14 PM  
Blogger St Anthony said...

A man of contradictions, old Jim.
Dubliners ... such a subtle book, so much under the surface.

4:27 PM  
Blogger farmer glitch said...

as I type I am currently working on a word-by-word streaming database project of Ulysses ... not having previously managed to finish the book before - this is a rather somewhat interesting introduction to it again for me .. some very nice surprises in there !!

yep - happy b-day JJ..

6:57 AM  
Blogger St Anthony said...

That sounds interesting, the database project ... Joyce is the writer for this sort of thing ... I always say, he invented hypertext with Finnegans Wake.

3:12 PM  
Blogger farmer glitch said...

database work pushes ahead - had a meeting with the senior curator of the museum which will host this work today - to say they are not exactly geared up for a new-media work of this type might be somewhat an understatement - still all being well - from April onwards a word every 2.57 minutes will indeed be presented (in some form or the other - TBD) ... an online version for all peeps not west-country-based will follow (all being well!) ..

8:44 PM  
Blogger St Anthony said...

That sounds fascinating ... would be very interested in seeing it. I often wonder what Joyce would make of the digital world ... unlike many Modernists who had a fear of modernity (I know, as Alanis Morissette would point out ... isn't it ironic?) Joyce had an almost childlike interest in just about everything.

1:23 PM  
Blogger Tim Footman said...

Including Nora's farts and poos.

12:15 AM  
Blogger St Anthony said...

Particularly Nora's toilet habits ...

8:21 AM  

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