We JoyceGeeks are a highly productive people. Some of us are quite public about our geekiness – Joseph Campbell, Mike Watt, Thornton Wilder, John Cage, Brie Larson – announcing to the world our devotion to James Joyce’s untamed and multivalent language at nearly every turn. Others have been more private about it – Samuel Beckett, Richard Linklater, Stanley Kubrick, John Lennon – revealing our geekiness in more subliminal ways by allowing only the subtlest references to the master to ‘wink through’ our art.
But make no mistake; we are legion, and our influence on the art world has been indelible.
And yet we have always run the risk of being labeled by critics and even scholars as lunatics – especially those of us who read Finnegans Wake. Granted, some of us actually are lunatics, but proper art must sometimes dance on the edges of sanity and even cross its boundaries in order to retrieve substantive and lasting treasure.
So join the party and start changing the world.
Oh yeah – JoyceGeek is also a website.
…and if you’re reading this right now, chances are you’ve found it. There are a great many things I am hoping to accomplish here, and I’ve really only just begun. Still, I think what I’ve built so far is pretty useful. My thunderword video-series has gotten quite a lot of positive response, as has my blog, which ranges in topic from close readings of Joyce’s texts to examinations of Joyce’s influence on our culture today. Plus, while no doubt you are here to read about Joyce, you can also read all about me. There’s my one man show (hopefully coming soon to a theater near you), there’s my Joyce reading group (which you’ll need to come to my hometown to participate in), and finally there’s all that other stuff I do.
But at a bare minimum, all you really need to know is that I read Joyce, and am thrilled to share what I know with anyone who asks. Have fun exploring.