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Technical Problems   Leave a comment

I went to the Finnegans Wake Reading Group in Zurich again last Thursday. It was good to spend an hour close reading with this group, numbering musicians, artists, neurologists and dancers – for many of whom Joyce is a muse. The imposing new Houyhnhnm Press edition of FW was passed around too and we admired the tome.

Back at the James Joyce Foundation on the Friday, I read Northrop Frye’s chapter, “Cycle and Apocalypse” in Vico and Joyce. On page five, Frye proposes that the Wake’s 4 sections correspond to Vico’s four cyclical phases of history. Hence:

Section 1 chapters 1-8 = mythical poetic period. (Legend and myths of the gods)

Section 2 chapters 1-4 = aristocratic phase.

Section 3 chapters 1-4 = demotic phase.

Final chapter = ricorso.

Frye asserts that “there is little evidence that the mature Joyce read technical philosophy with any patience or persistence – not even Heraclitus, who could have given him most of what he needed of the philosophy of polarity in a couple of aphorisms.” (5)  This is interesting given how the “riverrun” gushes right through the Wake.

Frye goes on to state that time for Vico is cyclical, but within a spatial metaphor; but that Bruno devised a new conception of space where “subject-object confrontation dissolves back into a temporal flux.Which makes for quite a folded and refolded image…(N.B. Joyce was interested in polarity due to Giorgano Bruno’s writings (5)).

My other reading last Friday included Joyce’s children’s story, The Cat and the Devil; and Alison Armstrong’s recipe book, The Joyce of Cooking. Consequently, this Christmas we will be delighting in “Combustible Duck”, as inspired by Ulysses (175).

I do hope I manage some more reading between now and then, but my mini disk player has conked out at the moment…

Please, check back here soon for more installments.

Justius and Mercius   Leave a comment

This is an excellent nag-rant, in a motherly tone. (187.15 – 195.6)

Since I assume it is directed at the “self valeter”, and oog/ uoves/ oves/ uves/ friedegg rustler-upper Shem (184.11-32); and since FW is very much an encyclopedic project: I find it apt to propose my newest egg-based recipe below.

Buckwheat and banana pancakes (Adapted from a Goûté ça et épousse-moi recipe.)

For best results, please use organic & Fairtrade ingredients.

Batter : 170 grams mixed buckwheat and wholemeal flour – 60:40 so the batter isn’t too heavy

+ 1 teaspoon baking powder

+ 1 egg/oog/ uove/ ove/ uve

+ milk (200 ml)

+ a slug of maple syrup

+ a pinch of salt

Place 2 soup spoons of this batter mix into hot butter in a frying pan, to form a little pancake.

When the pancake base starts to cook, pop as many banana slices as possible into the squishy batter.

Turn over when possible and wait for the banana to caramelise.

Pancakes can be kept in the oven at 120°C until a good stack is ready.

Serve on a cold night by a warm fire, doused with maple syrup, to anyone with the inverse of Shem the Penman’s qualities.

A jewelled “egg” from my current jewellery exhibition at le Robertsau

Posted November 1, 2010 by R.H.H. Nisbet in Art, Finnegans Wake Audio Recording, Food