James Joyce and Poetry

Joyce called literature “the highest and most spiritual art.” For me, music has always held that spot but if anyone can make a case for words over music, it is James Joyce. In this excerpt from his debut novel the protagonist is agonizing over the confusing and painful experience of seeing the woman he lovesContinue reading “James Joyce and Poetry”

James Joyce and the wild heart of life

There are things we don’t know and things we will never know. But as long as we live, we keep trying to figure them out. Great writers are one of the sources we turn to for answers or, failing that, insight. Here is James Joyce giving his insight into the fall, and the temptation precedingContinue reading “James Joyce and the wild heart of life”

James Joyce and Interior Monologue

There are a few individuals within each generation of athletes and artists who operate on a higher level than others, leaving their competition scratching their heads in amazement. James Joyce is one of those. His mastery of the interior monologue device begs for closer scrutiny. Take a look under the magnifying glass and see whatContinue reading “James Joyce and Interior Monologue”

James Joyce and Young Love

James Joyce is one of the greatest writers who ever lived. His novels and short stories, as well as his life, continue to fascinate more than 70 years after his death. Like all good Irishmen the tales of his life are clouded by legend.  The groundbreaking psychologist Carl Jung, who was treating Joyce’s daughter LuciaContinue reading “James Joyce and Young Love”