October 2, 1988 |
A long-standing, gentle, ethnic joke states that a lawyer is a nice Jewish boy who can't stand the sight of blood. In the same vein, it might be said that literary scholarship, traditionally, has been practiced by aggressive bruisers who can't catch a football. Few people read scholarship except scholars, but as a pastime, it's about as refined as ice hockey. More than that, it is still, to a remarkable extent, a white man's game. Imagine, then, the temerity of a woman, without even a Ph.D.
August 12, 1990
I was very happy to see the article by Nora Joyce-biographer, Brenda Maddox, in the July 22 Book Review. As an avid Joycean who doesn't really fit into any of Maddox's categories, I enjoyed reading the comparison and the characterizations of conference-goers. I was shocked, however, to see the title of Joyce's last work manhandled. ROBYN L. BEZAR INCLINE VILLAGE, NV Editor's Note: Lawrence died in Vence, France; not Venice, Italy. The title of Joyce's last work is "Finnegans Wake," not "Finnegan's Wake."
June 11, 1993 |
If the pretext of James and Nora Joyce confronting the mental deterioration of their daughter Lucia sounds like a intellectual melodrama, that's about what it is in Lynne Kaufman's "Speaking in Tongues." Although the current Cast Theatre staging boasts magnetic performances from Paul Elder and Wendy Robie as the writer and his wife-equivalent, the play itself gets bogged down in its own pretensions.
July 31, 2009
Re "What he's been living for," July 26 Sen. Ted Kennedy is reported to have written for a newsmagazine: "I have enjoyed the best medical care money (and a good insurance policy) can buy. ... Every American should be able to get the same treatment that U.S. senators are entitled to." Can he be kidding? I don't know details of the senatorial plan, but I suspect it may be somewhat more generous than what President Obama has in mind for us non-senators. Bob White Manhattan Beach -- Lovely sentiments from Sen. Kennedy.
July 2, 1989
LIBRA by Don Delillo (Penguin: $4.95). Lee Harvey Oswald's astrological sign and his troubled childhood are the focus in this fictionalized account of the Kennedy assassination. WHITE CARGO by Stuart Woods (Avon: $4.95). After Columbian drug dealers murder a millionaire's wife, he must rescue his daughter from their jungle compound. THE PIGEON by Patrick Suskind (Washington Square Press: $5.95). Allegorical tale about a man whose self-imposed orderly life is disrupted by a visit from a pigeon.
August 9, 1992 |
James Joyce had two children. They had Italian names--Giorgio (born in 1905) and Lucia (born in 1907)--because Joyce and his common-law wife Nora had left their native Ireland for Trieste, where Joyce eked out a meager living teaching English. The children had a scrappy life, suffering first poverty, then rootlessness. In 1915 the Joyces moved to Zurich because of the First World War; then in 1920 to Paris where the artistic climate was better for avant-garde novelists.