James Joyce

Putting aside the facts of his literary achievement, something about James Joyce epitomizes the Irish, or so this photograph of him (taken in 1915) seems to suggest.

His intelligence, intensity, and unassuming air have something to do with it, I think, but what really speaks to the Irish spirit is his otherworldliness, a distance that betrays a preoccupation with beauty and grief.

To be sure, one can surmise other traits–a fierce passion, an occasionally outrageous sense of humor–not so evident here. But anyone who wants to understand how a small island has managed to shape–and shake–the life of the world need look no farther. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Welcome, O life, I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.  –Stephen Dedalus

Photograph: James Joyce, 1915. A. Ehrenzweig. WikiCmns. Public Domain.

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  1. incaunipocrit
    March 18, 2012 at 4:40 am

    Reblogged this on ATA MOTEK.

    • March 22, 2012 at 3:31 am

      incaunipocrit: thanks for the reblog–& you have a great blog! RT

      • incaunipocrit
        March 22, 2012 at 4:51 am

        Thank you !!!!!

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