On this day…12 May

On 12 May 1904 Leopold Bloom weighed himself. In the ‘Ithaca’ episode of Ulysses, we are told that Leopold Bloom weighed himself on a weighing machine outside Francis Frœdman’s Chemist shop at 19 North Frederick Street on 12 May 1904. He weighed eleven stone and four pounds. In the pedantic answer to the question “Did […]

On this day…27 February

On 27 February 1918 Joyce was told an anonymous patron wished to give him 12,000 francs. The letter of 27 February 1918 came from the Eidgenössische Bank in Zurich, where Joyce was living, inviting him to a meeting about money. When Joyce arrived there (in a borrowed black suit) the director told him that one […]

Telemachus 0010

[Cf. 1922: 5:2-15; Gabler 1:67-80]Stephen has just been complaining about Haines and his nightmare. Mulliganis changing the topic, staying on his tear about “Hellenization.”Mulligan jokingly suggests that the new art color for Irish poets is “snotgreen.”  The color green is not a trivial thing to the Irish, especially not in 1904, when the memory of […]