Waiting for Elmo etc.

March 17, 2009 at 1:11 pm (James Joyce, poetry, Samuel Beckett, writers)

St. Paddy’s day seems as good a time as ever to dust off the old blog. Apologies all around for my absence. I’d share my excuses with you if they weren’t just examples of my laziness. Which I suppose is another example in itself.

Here’s an amusing take on a famous Irishman’s most famous play:

And slightly more serious:

If you manage to listen to it all, leave your impressions, if you please. For instance, when do you loose track of all the Biblical references?

You know, it really has been quite some time since I posted. Let’s see what else I can come up with by the end of the week.



  1. truth9 said,

    Woohoo! And you’re back too.

    See, the thing is, I could have sworn I checked your site on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of last week without seeing anything.


    In any case, Monsterpiece Theatre is wonderful, as usual, but I must return for Mr. Joyce.

  2. truth9 said,

    Okay, I listened to all of it, but my attention kept drifting in and out.

    First, I find that animation video thing really distracting and slightly creepy.

    Second, having never read Finnegan’s Wake (and, indeed, only having actually read “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” for the first and only time a few weeks ago), I feel inadequate to the task of attempting an analysis of what I was hearing.

    Third, I had a lot of trouble simply listening to it between the audio quality, his reading style, and his accent.

    That said: I caught one, maybe two Biblical references. Every time I started to latch on to some element of the reading, I lost it as the text changed to something else (par for the course with the text, I assume).

    The were a few elements I was able to catch, but I would likely need to listen to it while reading the text a few times to be able to begin making any kind of intelligent analysis.

    And even then…

  3. asfarasthoughtcanreach said,

    I wasn’t looking for anything to in-depth, though it’s good to know that you’ve read Portrait.

    From what I can tell, it is difficult to hear anybody read Finnegan’s Wake unless you are listening to yourself read it. Not only that, it’s actually difficult to read a passage the same way twice, let alone reading it at all.

    The passage in question is one of the most popular from the wake and I believe it found its way into one or two editions of Norton Anthology.

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