Saturday, June 18, 2005


behaving unspeakably!

I'd like to draw your attention to the end of this article (which I found via Jill Dybka's Poetry Hut), regarding Bloomsday celebration:

"Meanwhile, in Dublin, the annual celebrations of Bloomsday will dominate the city's cultural life in the coming days.

The Dublin Writers festival takes place at venues across the city centre. Forty Irish and international writers will take part in four days of readings and discussions.

Imaginative members of the public will also be taking matters into their own hands with impromptu readings from the novel.

Many don period costumes as they imitate the events in Ulysses such as swimming at the Forty Foot, lunching on Burgundy and Gorgonzola cheese in Davy Byrne's bar and behaving unspeakably on Sandymount Strand." (emphasis mine).

That's pretty devoted. Scary, but devoted.

The movie sounds like it may be good, actually. I'm looking forward to it, though with a little skepticism in reserve, of course. Still, it seems to me that if it can tap one-hundredth of the emotional drama in the original, it'll be a powerful movie. And the principal actors are good, imaginative, ones, so there's hope.

The idea of a movie is a little scary, but like so many Shakespeare plays, the right combination of actors, directors, etc can transcend the original medium.

p.s. Stuart, I've been meaning to mention this and I'm not sure if you look at comments on older posts, so I'm putting it here. You were looking (for someone else) for poems that had naval battles.

Melville wrote Battle-pieces (poems) and one at least was about the battle of the Monitor and the Merrimac - "The Temeraire." There may be others but that's the only one I know.

Bud, thanks, I should've thought of Battle-Pieces.
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