Poetry in Motion: Sympathy for Notre Dame Football from Great Irish Writers

This week, Notre Dame woefully dongs its bell tower, with each member of the proud college’s football phalanx feeling like a true Quasimodo.   A crushing 42-14 defeat in Monday’s bowl-game-of-all-bowl-games to Forrest Gump’s alma mater inspired many an armchair Lombardi nationwide to – in ways both fair and callous – damn the Fighting Irish as faux-contenders.  “Unfit to the cleats of several squads arguably more deserving of BCS title game contention,” says some easily imagined surly grump.

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Morning Bites: Orwell’s Birthday, Jennifer Miller, Sunny Jim Joyce, Berlin Dispatches, and More

George Orwell was born on this day in 1903. How our favorite Scottish tennis star is like a character in a Kinks song. “James was the favorite of his charming, cantankerous, and dissolute father, John Stanislaus Joyce, and was adored by his brothers and sisters. They called him Sunny Jim, because he laughed at everything.” – Louis Menand at The New Yorker on James Joyce’s chance encounters. Al Burian’s dispatches from Berlin. Jennifer Miller talks to The Rumpus. Paul Theroux […]

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Afternoon Bites: Gail O’Hara On Twee, Francisco Goldman On Chile, Kraftwerk At MoMA, And More

As the zine that she started celebrates its twentieth anniversary with shows in Washington and Brooklyn, Chickfactor‘s Gail O’Hara talks twee with Michaelangelo Matos. The name says it all: James Joyce or Kool Keith? Francisco Goldman’s article on political revolutionaries in Chile is a pretty terrific piece of journalism. Edward Champion interviewing Steve Erickson? We will listen to that. Andrew Leland has the details on a new book on the Oulipo that sounds promising. Lena Dunham chats with her best […]

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Our James Joyce logo

Posted by Jason Diamond I think we’ve mentioned how pretty much anything Jimmy Chen  posts will probably be your best experience on that given day. Last week he tweeted at us that he made us a logo for 6/16/12 (Bloomsday), but we figured it’s worth posting since today is James Joyce’s birthday and all… Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and our Tumblr. Got tips for Bites?  Info@Vol1brooklyn.com

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Jews Taking Bloomsday Back

As a Jew growing up in a predominantly Irish city, I always felt a little left out on St. Patrick’s Day.  Not that marching in parades and vomiting green beer is my idea of a good time, but I’ve always been a bit jealous of their Irish and their ability to party. So it made me grin a bit when I read that Tablet was deciding to take one back for the Tribe and reclaim Bloomsday with a pretty stellar […]

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Bites: Book Review Highlights, Kakutani Two-Step, Required Reading, the Millennials, and Why Our Media is Getting Scolded

Celebrated artist of the female form, Peter Paul Rubens, was “a man of controlled appetites, with a modest disposition and a reputation for tact and discretion.” He was also a diplomat, spy, and peace-maker, according to Mark Lamster’s new book “Master of Shadows.” Other Book Review Highlights: A history, slightly obsessive, of Strunk & White’s little style book.(NYT) Michael Chabon’s new essays: “First Person Masculine”?(NYT) Has anyone else noticed that James Joyce has been tryin’ to change a lot of […]

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Bites: That guy from The Princess Bride, chapbook reviews, Grouper at ATP, intellectual bankruptcy, and more

Lit. Wallace Shawn (above),  the guy who was in The Princess Bride is the son of former New Yorker editor William Shawn?  Wallace Shawn, the guy in Clueless, has a book of essays out?  What awesome weird universe have I woken up to this morning? Everybody thinks Joyce is a fricken genius.  I still don’t get it. The Millions releases the group of nominated books that did not make it on their best fiction of the millennium list.  James Wood, […]

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