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Blooms & Barnacles

Kelly Bryan

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Blooms & Barnacles

Blooms & Barnacles

Kelly Bryan

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A blog and podcast that discuss James Joyce's Ulysses from a non-academic point of view. Less snooty, more movie references.

Latest Episodes

Galleys of the Lochlanns

Kelly and Dermot set sail for the time of Vikings and jerkiness dwarfs! They discuss the differences of similarly-shaped seafaring vessels, Lochlanns, Fr. Dineen's Irish dictionary, the intersection of Viking and Celtic cultures in Ireland, torcs, tomahawk, the horrors of 14th c. Dublin, famine, plague and slaughters, the story of the time a pod of cetaceans washed ashore in medieval Dublin, the story of the time the Liffey froze over and people grilled on top of it, Stephen as a changeling, Stephen momentarily becoming displaced in time, and Stephen's attempt to construct an Irish identity. Steve Carey of Bloomsday in Melbourne drops by to chat about how to put on a Bloomsday theatre production in the time of Covid.

52 MIN3 d ago
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Galleys of the Lochlanns

Panthersahib and Pointer

Kelly and Dermot consider, Stephen's decision to leave the Martello Tower, his struggles as a would-be artist in the colonial landscape of Edwardian Dublin, his fear of dogs, the protean process of death and decay, what the heck a grike is, why Sir Lout talks like that, how to pronounce "gunwale," some more meditations on death and decay, and who the two maries are.

58 MIN2 w ago
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Panthersahib and Pointer

Under the Walls of Clerkenwell

Dermot and Kelly take on some of the history behind the tale of Irish exile Kevin Egan. This episode's discussion covers the story of the 1867 Clerkenwell explosion, what that has to do with Kevin Egan, Egan's relationship to his wife and son, Dermot's relationship to Tayto crisps, Egan's memories of Kilkenny, the Berkeleyan quality of memory, more father-son angst, and a cautionary tale for young Stephen.

55 MINMAY 6
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Under the Walls of Clerkenwell

Froggreen Wormwood

Images of early morning Paris through the ineluctable modality of Stephen Dedalus' memory, smells of incense and absinthe. We discuss Stephen's life as a starving artist (literally), Kevin Egan and his unwilling exile in Paris, Egan's real life counterpart, New York Times write-ups of duels in the 19th century, Irish nationalist groups of the 19th century, the proper way to drink absinthe, dalcassians and Arthur Griffith, Maud Gonne, Édouard Drumont v. Léo Taxil and the pitfalls of attempting to make Ireland more like continental Europe.

56 MINAPR 22
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Froggreen Wormwood

Boul' Mich'

Bon soir, mes amis, et bienvenue a Blooms et Barnacles! Kelly and Dermot discuss Joyce's disastrous sojourn to Paris as a youth and its parallels to Stephen Dedalus' recollections of his time in Paris. Discussion topics include the fin de siècle fashion of French symbolist poets, what exactly mou en civet is, Stephen feeling down and out in a French post office, the mockery of saints in Heaven, Stephen's collection of French pornography, and whether it was Stephen's mother or his nother mentioned in that fateful telegram.

56 MINAPR 8
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Boul' Mich'

C'est le pigeon, Joseph.

Stephen Dedalus learns the value of gentlemanly blasphemy in this episode of Blooms & Barnacles. Our hero evades the nets of his oppressors while recalling a conversation with a friend in Paris. Topics include the changing face of Ringsend, the Pigeonhouse, Stephen's epiphanies and the Epiphany, Dermot speaking French, what Jules Michelet doesn't know about women, absinthe, the elaborate blasphemies of Leo Taxil's pornographic pope period, Baphomet, the freemasons, and the greatest trick ever played on the Catholic Church (that might be overstating it, but it's a fun story).

47 MINMAR 25
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C'est le pigeon, Joseph.

Pico della Mirandola like.

This episode of Blooms & Barnacles takes an esoteric twist as we continue deeper into "Proteus", Ulysses' third episode. Topics include: why Dermot is not impressed with the Library of Alexandria, the length of a mahamanvantara, what the heck a mahamanvantara is, Joyce's youthful rage put into poetry, Joyce's youthful interest in theosophy, Pico della Mirandola's desire to speak to angels, Renaissance magic, hermeticism, , correspondences in Ulysses, and why Dermot thinks Neil de Grasse Tyson is wrong.

48 MINMAR 12
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Pico della Mirandola like.

Who is this Dan Occam fellow, anyway?

Dermot and Kelly tickle your brain with Stephen Dedalus' thoughts on the Eucharist, William of Occam, hypostasis, consubstantiation, transubstantiation... we've got it all! Other major philosophical queries discussed include: How can so much bread and wine all become Christ's body and blood. Does Stephen really understand hypostasis.When does soup become soup? Is it immoral to impersonate a priest as long as you don't hear someone's confession?

43 MINFEB 27
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Who is this Dan Occam fellow, anyway?

The Complex Life of Lucia Joyce- (w/Linus Ignatius & Llewie Nuñez)

Linus Ignatius and Llewie Nuñez starred in the play Lucia Mad as James and Lucia Joyce, respectively, back in their university days. They drop by the podcast for a deep dive into the complex and tragic life of James Joyce's daughter Lucia. We discuss how they prepared to portray the Joyces on-stage, Lucia's genius as an artist, her struggle with mental illness, the stigma she faced within the Joyce family, her influence on Finnegans Wake and the relationship between Joyce and his daughter.

76 MINFEB 13
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The Complex Life of Lucia Joyce- (w/Linus Ignatius & Llewie Nuñez)

The Hundredheaded Rabble

Join Kelly and Dermot for a story about James Joyce's youthful rebellion against the literary establishment of Dublin, his obsession with the apocalyptic predictions of a 12th century monk, a tale of psychic horror by W.B. Yeats, Jonathan Swift and Dublin's oldest public library. It's a jam-packed episode! Bonus: Dermot interviews Kelly about completing her blog series about "Proteus." Check out those blog posts here.

47 MINJAN 30
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The Hundredheaded Rabble

Latest Episodes

Galleys of the Lochlanns

Kelly and Dermot set sail for the time of Vikings and jerkiness dwarfs! They discuss the differences of similarly-shaped seafaring vessels, Lochlanns, Fr. Dineen's Irish dictionary, the intersection of Viking and Celtic cultures in Ireland, torcs, tomahawk, the horrors of 14th c. Dublin, famine, plague and slaughters, the story of the time a pod of cetaceans washed ashore in medieval Dublin, the story of the time the Liffey froze over and people grilled on top of it, Stephen as a changeling, Stephen momentarily becoming displaced in time, and Stephen's attempt to construct an Irish identity. Steve Carey of Bloomsday in Melbourne drops by to chat about how to put on a Bloomsday theatre production in the time of Covid.

52 MIN3 d ago
Comments
Galleys of the Lochlanns

Panthersahib and Pointer

Kelly and Dermot consider, Stephen's decision to leave the Martello Tower, his struggles as a would-be artist in the colonial landscape of Edwardian Dublin, his fear of dogs, the protean process of death and decay, what the heck a grike is, why Sir Lout talks like that, how to pronounce "gunwale," some more meditations on death and decay, and who the two maries are.

58 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Panthersahib and Pointer

Under the Walls of Clerkenwell

Dermot and Kelly take on some of the history behind the tale of Irish exile Kevin Egan. This episode's discussion covers the story of the 1867 Clerkenwell explosion, what that has to do with Kevin Egan, Egan's relationship to his wife and son, Dermot's relationship to Tayto crisps, Egan's memories of Kilkenny, the Berkeleyan quality of memory, more father-son angst, and a cautionary tale for young Stephen.

55 MINMAY 6
Comments
Under the Walls of Clerkenwell

Froggreen Wormwood

Images of early morning Paris through the ineluctable modality of Stephen Dedalus' memory, smells of incense and absinthe. We discuss Stephen's life as a starving artist (literally), Kevin Egan and his unwilling exile in Paris, Egan's real life counterpart, New York Times write-ups of duels in the 19th century, Irish nationalist groups of the 19th century, the proper way to drink absinthe, dalcassians and Arthur Griffith, Maud Gonne, Édouard Drumont v. Léo Taxil and the pitfalls of attempting to make Ireland more like continental Europe.

56 MINAPR 22
Comments
Froggreen Wormwood

Boul' Mich'

Bon soir, mes amis, et bienvenue a Blooms et Barnacles! Kelly and Dermot discuss Joyce's disastrous sojourn to Paris as a youth and its parallels to Stephen Dedalus' recollections of his time in Paris. Discussion topics include the fin de siècle fashion of French symbolist poets, what exactly mou en civet is, Stephen feeling down and out in a French post office, the mockery of saints in Heaven, Stephen's collection of French pornography, and whether it was Stephen's mother or his nother mentioned in that fateful telegram.

56 MINAPR 8
Comments
Boul' Mich'

C'est le pigeon, Joseph.

Stephen Dedalus learns the value of gentlemanly blasphemy in this episode of Blooms & Barnacles. Our hero evades the nets of his oppressors while recalling a conversation with a friend in Paris. Topics include the changing face of Ringsend, the Pigeonhouse, Stephen's epiphanies and the Epiphany, Dermot speaking French, what Jules Michelet doesn't know about women, absinthe, the elaborate blasphemies of Leo Taxil's pornographic pope period, Baphomet, the freemasons, and the greatest trick ever played on the Catholic Church (that might be overstating it, but it's a fun story).

47 MINMAR 25
Comments
C'est le pigeon, Joseph.

Pico della Mirandola like.

This episode of Blooms & Barnacles takes an esoteric twist as we continue deeper into "Proteus", Ulysses' third episode. Topics include: why Dermot is not impressed with the Library of Alexandria, the length of a mahamanvantara, what the heck a mahamanvantara is, Joyce's youthful rage put into poetry, Joyce's youthful interest in theosophy, Pico della Mirandola's desire to speak to angels, Renaissance magic, hermeticism, , correspondences in Ulysses, and why Dermot thinks Neil de Grasse Tyson is wrong.

48 MINMAR 12
Comments
Pico della Mirandola like.

Who is this Dan Occam fellow, anyway?

Dermot and Kelly tickle your brain with Stephen Dedalus' thoughts on the Eucharist, William of Occam, hypostasis, consubstantiation, transubstantiation... we've got it all! Other major philosophical queries discussed include: How can so much bread and wine all become Christ's body and blood. Does Stephen really understand hypostasis.When does soup become soup? Is it immoral to impersonate a priest as long as you don't hear someone's confession?

43 MINFEB 27
Comments
Who is this Dan Occam fellow, anyway?

The Complex Life of Lucia Joyce- (w/Linus Ignatius & Llewie Nuñez)

Linus Ignatius and Llewie Nuñez starred in the play Lucia Mad as James and Lucia Joyce, respectively, back in their university days. They drop by the podcast for a deep dive into the complex and tragic life of James Joyce's daughter Lucia. We discuss how they prepared to portray the Joyces on-stage, Lucia's genius as an artist, her struggle with mental illness, the stigma she faced within the Joyce family, her influence on Finnegans Wake and the relationship between Joyce and his daughter.

76 MINFEB 13
Comments
The Complex Life of Lucia Joyce- (w/Linus Ignatius & Llewie Nuñez)

The Hundredheaded Rabble

Join Kelly and Dermot for a story about James Joyce's youthful rebellion against the literary establishment of Dublin, his obsession with the apocalyptic predictions of a 12th century monk, a tale of psychic horror by W.B. Yeats, Jonathan Swift and Dublin's oldest public library. It's a jam-packed episode! Bonus: Dermot interviews Kelly about completing her blog series about "Proteus." Check out those blog posts here.

47 MINJAN 30
Comments
The Hundredheaded Rabble
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