It’s common for descriptions of James Joyce’s Dubliners to label its stories portraits of Irish life. If you’d like to look at actual portraits of Irish life in 1904, however, you could do a lot worse than this series of old photos of Dublin, available online courtesy of the Google Cultural Institute.
More commas, please.
“The supreme question about a work of art is out of how deep a life does it spring.”
― James Joyce, Ulysses
I fear those big words, Stephen said, which make us so unhappy.
Think you know Joyce? Try your hand at this quiz concocted by Deborah Boliver Boehm and compatriots at the annual ReJoyce Jubilee:
Fill in the blanks, using squid ink and a porcupine quill.
You will receive 3.1415+ pointillions for each correct answer.
~ In the old song, who awoke at Tim Finnegan’s wake? __________________________
~ In another old song, what was in the jar? ___________________ What proof? ______
~ Who recorded the “jar-o” song: The Dubliners, Thin Lizzy, Metallica, or The Pogues?__
~ When is a pun not a pun? _______________________________________________
Check out the full quiz (and answers) here.