When it was first published in 1836, The Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk caused a literary and religious storm in Montreal, and abroad. Why? Because the book was purported to be a real account of a young woman’s trials as an ‘inmate’ of Montreal’s Hôtel Dieu nunnery.
Does Finnegans Wake have ASMR qualities? The term “auto sensory meridian response” was coined by Jennifer Allen, a cybersecurity specialist, in a Facebook group she founded in 2010. And since the phenomenon has exploded on the internet, especially on YouTube and Facebook, you are probably already familiar with it.
Colum McCann is an Irish writer of literary fiction. His tales are easy to read, poetic even. Let the Great World Spin (2012) brought him international recognition and he has used his fame to create social change through storytelling. Here are ten more reasons why I recommend him.
From the moment I laid eyes on the book William Blake by Kathleen Raine I knew that I had to have it. I was immediately hooked by the artwork of Blake (1757-1827) whose images slowly revealed themselves to my mind’s eye like those cunning illusions in the Magic Eye books I so loved as a kid. This had also been my experience of reading Joyce’s Ulysses, multiple times.
If you’re feeling adventurous and would like to try and decipher a passage from Finnegans Wake this article is for you. As an added bonus, I’ll share an amazing connection I personally have to the text, and to our newsletter Joyicity.
As part of the art fair Documenta 14 held in Kassel, Germany the Argentinian artist Marta Minujín had made to be built in Kassel’s Friedrichsplatz a 1:1 scale version of the Athenian Parthenon. The books chosen were titles which at some time or place had been suppressed or censored. It was the Parthenon of (Forbidden) Books.