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The high-art low-brow minds behind Bloomsday Literary bring you interviews with the creatives you should know, but don’t. Poets, novelists, memoirists, & short story writers join co-hosts Kate and Jessica as they take a respectful approach to investigating the writer’s art and an irreverent approach to getting the nitty-gritty on the hustle for publication and exposure. Most of us writers making a living by the pen occupy somewhere between the ubiquitous bestsellers and the people who want t ...
 
ReJOYCE! To commemorate James Joyce's mighty novel, Ulysses, we're launching a podcast. Every week you'll find a five-minute mini-essay from me designed to take you through the novel that's on every list of the greatest books ever written. And as Ulysses runs to some 375,000 words, and I mean to go through it sentence by sentence if I have to, in order to convey the full brilliance of this novel - and the enjoyment to be had from it - I'll be podcasting for some time to come! It's such an ab ...
 
Ulysses is a groundbreaking novel in which Irish author James Joyce explores realism through stream-of-consciousness technique and shifting narrative styles. It was published in serial form between 1918-1920 and first published in book form in 1922. The story follows Leopold Bloom through Dublin during the course of one day: June 16, 1904. The events and characters of Ulysses parallel those of Homer's Odyssey, with Bloom corresponding to Odysseus. Although the book was the subject of early o ...
 
A podcast that answers questions about the English language. In each episode we talk about - and attempt to answer - a question about a feature or quirk of the English language. If you are interested in the English language, history, linguistics, or if you just want to listen to a lighthearted chat between two friends, this show could be for you.
 
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Phil introduces Jay and Clifton to the chill indie vibes of Bloomsday's debut album, The Day The Colors Died. Sources: http://www.gracehotel.50megs.com/Albums/Bloomsday96.html https://enthusiastsource.com/starflyer59fans/?topic=810.0 https://www.musicbanter.com/hardcore-emo/29342-bloomsday.html https://www.turnofftheradio.de/2011/01/1997.html https…
 
Aimee Bender graduated from UC Irvine and teaches at USC. Her books have received accolades in all the major outlets: from the New York Times, LA Times, & MCSweeney’s, to Oprah. Her latest novel, published July 2020, is The Butterfly Lampshade. When I was rattling off the list of Bender’s books, Kate deadpanned, “So she’s basically taken all the be…
 
The Blooms’ household is anything but an abode of bliss. In this episode, topics include: Plumtree’s Potted Meat, Joyce’s love for advertising, the narcotic effect of adspeak, why Plumtree’s Potted Meat is the perfect metaphor for a modern Odysseus, M’Coy’s various scams, Boylan’s metaphorically significant gifts to Molly, Bloom’s missing hour and …
 
Craig Santos Perez is a native Chamoru from the Pacific Island of Guam. He is the co-founder of Ala Press, and the author of three collections of poetry, most recently, Habitat Threshold. He’s the recipient of many prizes, including the 2011 PEN Center USA Literary Award. An assistant professor of English at the University of Hawai’i, Manoa, Santos…
 
Farid Matuk’s poetry, essays, and translations from Spanish appear in a wide range of publications and anthologies. He is the author of the poetry collection, This Isa Nice Neighborhood (Letter Machine), several chapbooks including My Daughter La Chola (Ahsahta), and The Real Horse (2018). He teaches in the MFA program at University of Arizona, whe…
 
Jay and Clifton are introduced to the unique hard rock sounds of Stavesacre's debut, Friction, by special listener guest Derek! Sources: https://web.archive.org/web/20021218080312/http://www.hmmagazine.com:80/old/stavemayjune1996.html https://urbanachievershow.com/episodes/mark-salomon https://urbanachievershow.com/episodes/mark-salomon-part-2 http…
 
Leopold Bloom braves an awkward stop-and-chat. Topics in this episode include: Leopold Bloom’s encounter with M’Coy, what Bloom has in common with Larry David, M’Coy as a character in “Grace”, M’Coy as an early prototype for Bloom, a quincunx, Bloom wrestles with his Shadow, Bloom trying to catch a glimpse of a woman’s leg, outsider jaunting cars, …
 
We talked to Michael Zapata about his novel The Lost Book of Adana Moreau. It was the winner of the Chicago Review of Books Award for Fiction, an NPR Best Book of the Year, a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 from The Boston Globe and The Millions, and his debut novel. Zapata is a founding editor of MAKE Literary Magazine as well as on the core faculty…
 
Alison Deming is so prolific and has been writing for so long that it was a bit overwhelming to pack into a 20-minute interview, but we tried our best. Hawthorne is Regents Professor Emerita at the University of Arizona, where she founded the Field Studies in Writing Program in 2015. She has an MFA from Vermont College, a Stegner Fellowship, two po…
 
Mr. Bloom runs a mysterious errand at the Westland Row Post Office. Topics include hidden lotuses, Corny Kelleher, Leopold Bloom’s missing hour, tooraloom tooraloom tay, Orientalism and Bloom’s fantasy of the Far East, stereotypes about climate’s affects the character of a culture, Tom Kernan, how Bloom succumbs to the Lotus Eaters, Henry Flower, w…
 
AWP 21 Episode—Jeffrey Colvin (Day 2, Episode 1) We talk to Jeffrey Colvin about his stunning new book, Africaville. Jeffrey Colvin is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Harvard, and Columbia where he earned an MFA in fiction. He is also a member of the National Book Critics Circle and is assistant editor at Narrative Magazine. His debu…
 
In honor of the launch of Catherine Baab-Muguira’s new book, Poe for Your Problems, we are re-releasing F***ing Shakespeare’s interview with her that we did back in 2019—where we talked about this book in its wee-baby stages. And now, here it is, all grown up like the big beautiful babe it is! Get ready for some perfect hot takes. Kate, Jess, Phuc,…
 
Jay and Clifton get a taste of Black Eyed Sceva with their EP, 5 Years, 50,000 Miles Davis, and declare Ryan's Driveway one of the Top 10 Christian songs of the 1990s. Sources: https://isawlightningfall.blogspot.com/2014/09/music-to-write-by-model-engines-scarred.html http://modelengine.astepintothedark.com/enter.htm http://modelengine.astepintothe…
 
We begin our foray into the languorous “Lotus Eaters” episode. Topics in this episode include how Kelly is like the Terminator, Odysseus and his crew’s misadventure with the Lotus Eaters in The Odyssey, why forgetfulness is evil in Odysseus’ view, some peculiar tales from Westland Row, cultivating an appreciation for the mundane, the Lotus Eaters t…
 
Day 1, Episode 1 To kick off the podcast interviews at AWP, we were thrilled to talk to Lilly Dancyger. Her new memoir, Negative Space, comes out May 2021 with Santa Fe Writers Project. She’s the editor of the essay collection, Burn It Down: Women Writing About Anger, and a contributing editor at Catapult. Among the other fantastic things with whic…
 
Jay and Clifton don their diving equipment and delve into the deep waters hidden under the noisy surface of this '60s chic indie rock darling. https://luxury.bandcamp.com/ https://www.parallel-love.com/ https://www.lulu.com/en/au/shop/d-e-lee-bozeman/strange-flowers/paperback/product-1v9ejwv8.html SOURCES: http://luxuryfansite.yolasite.com/ https:/…
 
We explore Leopold Bloom’s connection to the ancient Phoenicians. Topic covered in this episode include: social hierarchies in Ireland, Dubliners v. culchies, Leopold Bloom’s fascination with the Orient, how imperial British culture informs Bloom’s worldview, whether or not some people in Irish society benefited from colonialism, the Celtic Revival…
 
Jay and Clifton crank the volume, pull up their tube socks, and mosh to the brutish punk rock of One 21’s first ep, In The Year King Uzziah Died. "It kind of became a quest to be holy instead of a quest to be honest." SOURCES: https://pac139.tripod.com/one21/index.htm https://facedownrecords.com/family/one-21/ https://deathisvictory.wordpress.com/2…
 
Does Leopold Bloom seem a bit anal retentive to you? Content Warning: We talk an awful lot about poo in this one. If that’s not your cup of tea, use your own discretion. In this episode, Dermot and Kelly finish Ulysses’ fourth episode - “Calypso.” Topics include Ezra Pound’s sense of propriety, the number of toilets in the Bloom household, Titbits,…
 
Jay and Clifton revv up the engines and let loose to the mid-90s vibes of Dakoda Motor Co.'s sophomore release, Welcome Race Fans. Sources: https://dakodamotor.co/ http://www.gracehotel.50megs.com/old%20site/DakodaMotorCoNews.html Stand Up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnvMrQFJGKA Where Did It Go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beqcJ2cMwvQ Trip…
 
Is a picnic really just picnic? In this episode, Dermot and Kelly discuss Milly’s letter from Mullingar, those lovely seaside girls, Milly’s purpose in the narrative of Ulysses, the implication of a picnic, whether or not Milly is a poor substitute for Rudy, the significance of Milly’s fifteenth birthday, how Milly’s maturity has affected her paren…
 
Jay & Clifton get radical talking True Love Waits and the evils of Christian persecution while listening to Pocket Change's first album, Steadfast. Sources: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmj2ESDgvv4 https://scholar.lib.vt.edu/VA-news/VA-Pilot/issues/1997/vp971128/11270057.htm?fbclid=IwAR0QgvILXI2oTgJ833yX8QBUC-xnRka6PZyNbmnfOmSXLmpQpBnYlHgJYQ8 ht…
 
Leopold Bloom contemplates the purchase of immense melonfields north of Jaffa. Topics covered in this episode include the Zionist movement of the early 20th century, how to pronounce Agendath Netaim, why Joyce might have changed Agudat to Agendath, hypostasis, the business sense (or nonsense) of buying farmland in Palestine, Bleibtreustrasse 34, mo…
 
If you have yet to read guest Mira Jacob’s 2019 memoir in conversations, Good Talk, we’re jealous. Praised for her “disarming wit,” Jacob achieves this by welcoming you into her indecision, her confusion, her wonder at raising a child against the backdrop of that tender point where politics meets the personal in 2016 America. In addition to it bein…
 
Jay and Clifton are joined by D-TONE-8-RZ bassist (and Knowledge Fight host) Dan Friesen to discuss Five Iron Frenzy's EP, Quantity Is Job 1. "Five Iron Frenzy were the kind of Christians that I wished I was surrounded by…” https://www.fiveironfrenzy.com/ https://web.archive.org/web/19990224011503/http://www.fiveironfrenzy.com/faqs.htm https://web.…
 
Happy Bloomsday, one and all! Enjoy a selection of readings from Ulysses by our talented listeners from across the globe. It’s a Bloomsday bash you can listen to anywhere. Just add gorgonzola and burgundy! Cool stuff to support: Sweny's Patreon helps keep this marvelous Dublin landmark alive. Please subscribe! U22: The Centenary Ulysses Podcast Uly…
 
Jay and Clifton gush over Bloodshed, the genre-crossing hardcore band that was ahead of their time in the Christian music scene. Then lead singer Jason Fleetwood joins the guys to talk about Bloodshed. Jason Fleetwood: https://soundcloud.com/jason-fleetwood-1 Sources: http://www.mediafire.com/file/lm0wa6e7xrk968r/Bloodshed_-_Demo.rar/file https://w…
 
We do our best to take Molly’s advice and tell it in plain words - what is metempsychosis? Topics covered in this episode include Boylan’s bold hand, whether or not cats are kosher, moustache cups, secret letters, “La Ci Darem La Mano”, an orangekeyed chamberpot, how Molly can be both Calypso and Penelope, Joyce’s personal interest in metempsychosi…
 
Special guest Jason Fleetwood (Bloodshed, Rainy Days) joins Jay and Clifton to discuss one of his favorite albums from "those days," The Fashion Focus from Starflyer 59. Sources: https://starflyer43.tripod.com/id3.html https://thenicsperiment.blogspot.com/ https://opuszine.us/reviews/the-fashion-focus-starflyer-59 https://asongaday.blog/tag/the-fas…
 
Why is Leopold Bloom so captivated by the “mysterious East”? In this episode we discuss the Orientalist motif in Ulysses, with a focus on “Calypso.” Topics include what is Orientalism?, how Orientalism manifests in Irish culture, the blurred continuum between Irish and British culture, Edward Said, why the “Orient” is really a dream, the Whig inter…
 
WARNING! This episode contains righteous anger accompanied by cursing. Jay and Clifton struggle (really struggle) to come to terms with the surprisingly enjoyable gateway to rock of our youths, Extra-Ordinary by Johnny Q. Public. SOURCES: https://danofritz.wordpress.com/ https://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/artists/Johnny_Q_Public/9458/ https://www.jesus…
 
This gland is your gland; this gland is my gland. Bloom finally makes it to the butcher to buy his kidney! In this episode, we discuss the geography (or joggerfry) of Bloom’s neighborhood, Larry O’Rourke’s, Bloom’s idea to build a tramline from the quays to the cattle market, bartenders who become rich, the art of economics, Moses Dlugacz, why a Je…
 
Jay & Clifton discuss the differences between quail and Quayle, the rare species emerged from the puddle of a spud! Nick's band SCORES on Bandcampe: https://scoresband.bandcamp.com/album/scores Quayle was: Nick Garrisi (vocals, guitar, keyboard) William Coker (bass, backing vocals) Kevin Pollard (drums, backing vocals) Javier Hernandez (lead guitar…
 
This week, we’re talkin’ ‘bout ‘tatoes! Kelly and Dermot unpack the deeper symbolism behind Leopold Bloom’s idiosyncratic hobby of carrying a potato upon his person. Topics include Tayto crisps, Stephen and Bloom’s parallel lost keys, Bloom’s potato as a protective object, why the potato may actually possess magic powers, the potato as Odysseus’ mo…
 
Who was Molly Bloom’s father, Major Brian Cooper Tweedy? Far more than meets the eye. Topics in this episode include Michael Caine and Zulu, what the heck a footleaf is and other lovely minutiae, the origin of the Blooms’ jingly-jangly bed, Major Brian Cooper Tweedy and his military career, Molly’s time in Gibraltar and her memories of her father, …
 
Jay & Clifton decompress to the fuzz indie sounds of The Merbabies self-titled debut album. More from Chris Bowden: www.cbowden.com https://chrissfarm.bandcamp.com/ https://leftneglect.bandcamp.com/releases https://otherdesertcities.bandcamp.com/ YouTube Album Playlist: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuygaJbeVr9oIOnU1HgmsM_4oQQMQ2-X9 Sources: h…
 
Jay and Clifton have a fun and enlightening conversation with Sean McCauley of Rainy Days, discussing the birth and death of Rainy Days, the murder of the Orange County punk rock scene, the weight of being in a Christian band, losing faith, and finding life. After the conversation, Sean sent several sets of recordings, from which songs have been in…
 
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