Ineluctable modality of the animated! On a Very Special Episode of Blooms & Barnacles, we get to know your favorite Irish podcast host – Dermot O Connor. Kelly and Dermot talk about his work as the illustrator of the Blooms & Barnacles blog, how to illustrate a blog about Ulysses when you’ve never read Ulysses, artistic influences and inspirations, working for Don Bluth and Disney, what every American should know about Ireland and what every Irish person should know about America. Find Dermot’s art and animation at www.angryanimator.com
Touch me. Soft eyes. Soft soft soft hand. I am lonely here. O, touch me soon, now. What is that word known to all men? I am quiet here alone. Sad too. Touch, touch me.
The lines above appear towards the end of “Proteus,” page 49 in my copy (1990 Vintage International), as Stephen pens the first draft of his poem while reclining on a rock on Sandymount Strand. Our key line today is Stephen’s unanswered question: “What is that word known to all men?” James Joyce seemingly never met an obscure allusion or rambly list that he didn’t love. Naturally, posing a question and not giving a concrete answer is solidly in line with his style.
Real talk: why are there no seagulls on Sandymount Strand on Bloomsday? Have we stumbled onto a historical seagull-based conspiracy? Stay tuned to find out! Additionally, we’ll also continue discussing how Stephen’s walk on the beach is influenced by Berkeleyan idealism, Stephen’s perception of space and time, how blind people perceive the world and the Demiurge.