Anna Livia

Liffey River, Dublin, Ireland

For the explanation of this post title, see Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake.


Charles Stewart Parnell

I was introduced to Parnell by James Joyce. Early in Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, young Stephen Dedalus overhears an argument about Parnell among family members. A leader for Irish home rule and powerful member of Parliament, Parnell was brought down by the publicity surrounding his adulterous affair in conservatively Catholic Ireland which divided young Dedalus’ family between those placing greater weight on his liberating political potential and those on his religious sins.

This framed image hung in a hallway of my hotel and Parnell is top center.

Saggart, Ireland

The observant will have noted that this blog’s tagline, “…from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to dear dirty New York,” is adapted from Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake.