ON AGAIN OFF AGAIN FINNEGAN

Helluva prescient Robert Crumb impression. Image Wikicommons.

This Sunday marks Bloomsday, the annual celebration of Irish author James Joyce and his works.

The author accurately portrayed as a question mark

According to Joyce scholars, the book is, at least in part, the story of HCE, his wife and their three children: both the primal family of human origins and Everyfamily. Underlying the wordplay is a central idea, inspired by the 18th-century Italian philosopher Giambattista Vico, that history is cyclic. Joyce demonstrated this in beginning the book with the end of a sentence left unfinished on the last page. And the first word to puzzle me — vicus — is a distortion of Vico’s name.

Joyce’s secret weapon with publishers: Puss n’ Boots eyes.  Image Wikicommons
In a Dublin street confrontation, angry readers applied a hardening epoxy substance to Joyce, just as he was pondering a confusing string of nonsense to escape. His petrified remains are still on display in the city. Image Wikicommons

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