Ep. 13 – The Nostalgia Trap (w/ Tom O’Leary)

Kelly and Dermot welcome Tom O’Leary back to the podcast to talk about the allure of nostalgia. Tom and Dermot talk about what it’s actually like to be an Irish person who left their home country to seek their fortune abroad, nostalgia for their past, Americans’ nostalgia for an Ireland that never was, and how Joyce’s nostalgia for Ireland shaped his work.

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A Break for Tea and Biscuits

If you’re a regular reader of the blog form of Blooms and Barnacles, you’ve likely noticed the blog has been pretty quiet the last month or so. We have both hit extraordinarily busy patches in our work outside the blog, and it’s been hard to find the time research, write and produce art for the site. We aren’t going away permanently, but our brief hiatus has gone on longer than expected, so it seemed like a good time to explain why. We’ll be back soon enough, but in the mean time, we need to take a little break. We plan to keep producing episodes of the podcast, so you can catch us there for now. See you soon, Joyceans!

Pyrrhus, Pyrrhic victory, James Joyce, Ulysses

Ep. 12 – Wings of Excess

Pyrrhus and his Elephants

“One more victory like that and we’re done for.” Kelly and Dermot discuss the ancient Greek warrior king Pyrrhus and his relation to the excesses of the 20th century. In addition to ancient Greeks, Vico and figroll-munching children, the impact of the Easter Rising of 1916 and World War I on James Joyce and Ulysses are also discussed

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