Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Radio Icon, A Ulysses Director

The third section of our broadcast is devoted to the dozens of literary stylings Joyce employs in Ulysses. In a very funny excerpt, the wonderful actress Judy Graubart inhabites the voice of a New Age American psychic to describe the ghost of Paddy Dignam wafting through the drunken funeral revelers in Barney Kiernan's pub. Dignam's celestial message is to tell his son the location of his missing boot and advise him to get the heels soled. His son poor Patrick Aloysius is destined for the orphanage now that his father is dead.

Two great icons of literary entertainment died this week: Joseph Strick (middle, above with Rip Torn and Henry Miller), who filmed the fist film version of Ulysses and the radio pioneer, writer, actor and producer Himan Brown (left). The Brooklyn born Brown created some of the most popular radio dramas of all time including The Adventures of The Thin Man and Dick Tracy. Joseph Strick also directed Henry Miller's The Tropic of Capricorn.

May they be our spirit guides, our Paddy Dignam's inspiring us with their decades of daring and creative genius as we count down one week to Radio Bloomsday.

"He is gone from mortal haunts: O'Dignam, sun of our morning. Fleet was his foot on the bracken: Patrick of the beamy brow. Wail, Banba, with your wind: and wail, O ocean, with your whirlwind."

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