Call it synchronicity, again. Alex de Jong in Rotterdam is dipping into Ulysses, and I’ve started to re-read Richard Ellmann’s magisterial biography of James Joyce. It’s a consolation of sorts for me. Ms. Modigliani and I have accepted that we won’t make it to Paris this summer, so I’m indulging my flaneur’s imagination in the landscapes of the Joycean word-horde.
James Joyce has been my tutelary spirit in post-literate oral culture for as long as I;ve been reading by listening. Marshall McLuhan’s apocalyptic commentary on Finnegans Wake, presented here, suggests something of what I mean. I hope to blog it, deeply and richly, in the coming months. Alex has pointed me to tools, including the Project Gutenberg e-text of Ulysses, that can help me document the written/oral interfaces in Joyce’s texts.
Alex, I’m grateful for your ideas and creative energies. This Mouffe is for you.
Café Mouffe opens every Friday at 3:00 p.m. Please drop by for a listen and a chat. Sometimes the embedded videos don’t work here due to bandwidth constraints, but you’ll always find links to video sources in the set notes. Try them. If you’re curious about the Mouffe, here’s the original idea behind it’s creation.