Loosen your talktapes


Do You Hear What I’m Seeing?

Performed by David Norris

Lannan Foundation, RealAudio, 90 min. [Browse/Listen]

This is a free, archived version of David Norris’ one-man Joyce show, “Do You Hear What I’m Seeing?” The following is taken from the Lannan Foundation’s Web page, which details a performance of the show given on February 19, 2003:

Senator Norris has created tonight’s program using a sampling of Joyce’s works interspersed with Norris’ rich knowledge of both Joyce’s life and art and the city of Dublin.
Senator David Norris, one of the most significant figures in Irish political and cultural life today, is an historian and academic, a gay rights activist, and a politician. Senator Norris serves as a member of the Upper House of the Irish Parliament and a bureau member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
One of Ireland’s leading Joyce scholars, he is chairman of the James Joyce Centre in Dublin, and the author of Joyce for Beginners. He was Chairman of the International James Joyce Symposia of 1977, 1982 and 1992, and co-editor of the proceedings of the James Joyce International Symposia of 1982 and 1991.

Books on Tape:

Edna O’Brien’s James Joyce

Read by Donada Peters
Books on Tape, 2000, Catalog #5169.
Unabridged; Four 90-minute cassettes, or f
ive 90-minute CDs.
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The unabridged version of O’Brien’s Penguin biography. Reviews or commentary are welcome.

Richard Ellman’s James Joyce

Read by David Case
Books on Tape, 1994, Catalog #3533.
Unabridged; Twenty-eight 90-minute cassettes.
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The unabridged version of Ellman’s classic 1959 biography. Reviews or commentary are welcome.


Wings of Art: Joseph Campbell on James Joyce

Read by Joseph Campbell
High Bridge Company, 1995, ISBN 1565111133; Six cassettes, $34.95. Out of Print. [Browse/Search for a Copy]

I have not acquired this yet, but I am told it is six hours long and quite worth the price. A visitor posted this to Amazon.com:

Joseph Campbell co-authored the classic Finnegans Wake reference A Skeleton Key, and in these six tapes of an informal lecture to a small audience he presents another tour de force encompassing his analysis of Portrait, Ulysses, and Wake. He delivers Joyce’s theory of art, (alone worth the price of the tapes), relates the texts’ themes to mythology and philosophy, and generally provides a wonderful sense of James Joyce as a brilliant man of sorrows, acquainted with grief, who labored mightily to bring forth the Big Three. Perhaps even on a level with Stuart Gilbert’s James Joyce’s Ulysses. These tapes are a great buy for anyone interested in Joyce.

Surfing on Finnegans Wake and Riding the Range with Marshall McLuhan

Read by Terrence McKenna
Mystic Fire, 1995, ISBN 1561769118; Two cassettes, $18.95. [Browse/Purchase]

I have not acquired this yet, but it certainly sounds interesting – a gloss on Finnegans Wake and McLuhan’s theories as conceived by psychedelic guru Terrence McKenna. Alan Mahan of the FW List has this to report:

Terence McKenna’s Surfing on FW & Riding the Range w/Marshall McLuhan (from Mystic Fire 800-292-9001 for catalog/orders) is a pretty good intro to the Wake (albeit he calls JJ a “British” writer and get’s his death date incorrect and USES STILL Campbell’s A Skeleton Key, which I’ll always love & appreciate). Anyone who knows McKenna’s rap knows that he’s a brilliant intellectual and puts a psychodelic/prophetic twist on almost every subject he holds court on...

Another reader posted this to Amazon.com:

Pretty good stuff. This 2 hour, 2 cassette set, recorded at California’s Esalen institute, is a pretty good primer (or refresher, depending on what you bring to it) for both Joyce’s Wake and McLuhan’s theories. McKenna, while managing to stay well clear of a full-blown rant, shines an interesting psychedelia-flavored, “history along with human consciousness is compressing itself into a nutshell” light on the whole thing. So what exactly is here? On the Joyce side: a pretty in-depth analysis of the Wake’s first five pages (much of this a distillation of Joseph Campbell’s Skeleton Key). On the McLuhan side: a bare bones what-did-he-say-and-what-did-he-mean, with a little boy-did-we-drop-him-faster-than-we-embraced-him lament. The last word? It’s about Joyce and by McKenna. How bad could it possibly be?

Go To:

Joyce Audio Main PageBack to the main audio page, where you will find the standard Brazen Head menu.

Joyce Reading – Recordings of Joyce reading in his own voice. This section also includes poetry and collections.

DublinersJoyce’s great collection of stories.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young ManJoyce’s first novel.

Ulysses – Readings and productions of Joyce’s masterpiece.

Finnegans Wake – It’s even better when spoken aloud...!

The sissymusses and the zossymusses in their robenhauses quailed to hear his tardeynois at all – Send email to the Great Quail. Comments, suggestions, corrections, criticisms, submissions – all are welcome!

–Allen B. Ruch
6 August 2004