Ep. 16 – Dick Feeney

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Charlotte Schreiber, The Croppy Boy (The Confession of an Irish Patriot), 1879

A super-sized Blooms and Barnacles! Dick is a friend of Kelly’s and Dermot’s who is a lover of Ulysses and the music found throughout the novel. Dick talks about some of his favorite songs that play a role in Ulysses and the history behind them. We also chat about the use of music in “The Dead,” the final story in The Dubliners. And because we’ve never  met a tangent we didn’t like, we also talk (briefly) about Dick’s time in Turkey, Stephen’s lost faith, Dick’s love of the opera, and  grieving over tragedies that happened many generations ago.

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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!

Who Killed James Joyce? by Patrick Kavanagh

The poem that inspired our blog.

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Who killed James Joyce?
I, said the commentator,
I killed James Joyce
For my graduation.

What weapon was used
To slay mighty Ulysses?
The weapon that was used
Was a Harvard thesis.

How did you bury Joyce?
In a broadcast Symposium.
That’s how we buried Joyce
To a tuneful encomium.

Who carried the coffin out?
Six Dublin codgers
Led into Langham Place
By W. R. Rodgers.

Who said the burial prayers? –
Please do not hurt me –
Joyce was no Protestant,
Surely not Bertie?

Who killed Finnegan?
I, said a Yale-man, 
I was the man who made
The corpse for the wake man.

And did you get high marks,
The Ph.D.?
I got the B.Litt.
And my master’s degree.

Did you get money
For your Joycean knowledge?
I got a scholarship 
To Trinity College.

I made the pilgrimage
In the Bloomsday swelter
From the Martello Tower
To the cabby’s…

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