On the Bedside Table

I finally picked up Richard Ellman’s biography of Joyce (the urge to call it seminal is almost overpowering, but doing so would give Joyce’s credit to the wrong person) and am going to a shoot for a chapter a night. While the writing is a sharp drop-off from Capote, Ellman does dig up a few gems, eg John Joyce’s phrase “with the help of God and a few policemen.”

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