The same again: Happy Birthday James Joyce

//The same again: Happy Birthday James Joyce

The same again: Happy Birthday James Joyce

Feb. 2 is so many things for so many people: an ancient pagan day of celebrating light, as the days begin to grow longer after winter’s long darkness; a Christian day of celebrating Christ’s « presentation to the temple; » a French festive day marked by making crêpes; Groundhog Day in America, which is another version of celebrating light and the coming of spring… It also happens to be the day James Joyce was born, in 1882, and the day on which his books A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (in 1914) and Ulysses (in 1922, on Joyce’s 40th birthday) were published.
So happy 132nd birthday, Mr. Joyce.
And in case you’re interested in a taste of Joyce, here’s a recording of him reading from his last book, Finnegans Wake, in 1929. A wonderful, rare example of language as music, written and performed by a master. I call this literature as koan, for like koans it opens us to a direct experience of the true nature of all things.

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Enseignante Zen et poète, Sensei Amy “Tu es cela” Hollowell est née et a grandi à Minneapolis, aux Etats-Unis. Arrivée en France en 1981 pour étudier la littérature et l’histoire, elle y est restée, s’installant à Paris, où elle élève ses deux enfants et gagne sa vie en tant que journaliste. The Zen teacher and poet Amy “Tu es cela” Hollowell Sensei was born and raised in Minneapolis, but came to France in 1981 to study literature and history and has lived in Paris ever since, raising her two children and making a living as a journalist.

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