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  • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 8:00 am on June 1, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: , Dublin, Haines, James Joyce, , Sandycove, ,   

    Telemachus RPG Thread 


    The Joyce Tower, Sandycove

    The Joyce Tower, Sandycove (Photo credit: pmecologic)

    The last word of the first episode of Ulysses and the first word of Opening Ulysses’ first RPG. Stephen is headed for the school where he teaches. We will see him on the next page, in the classroom that is, in some sense, his. Stately, plump Buck Mulligan is bathing; Haines has refused to join him on a full stomach.

    What happens now? Between the pages or in parts of Dublin Joyce hasn’t shown us? What does Buck do while he’s naked? The answers are up to you.

    How to Participate

    To play, you can reply in much the same manner as we have been using for interviews, using *as character*. This is a possibility—not a limit. Because this is a little different from a character interview, you can also add a narrative passage or do something original that may not have been anticipated here.

    • Kelly 8:23 pm on June 1, 2013 Permalink

      *as Buck Mulligan*

      *holds breath under the water for a minute, then rockets up past the surface, pouring water from mouth fountain-style*

      • Buck Mulligan 7:12 pm on June 3, 2013 Permalink

        —It’s a lie, Haines. A silly rumour spread by quaking mothers, to think that bathing after you eat will make you cramp.

        • Haines 10:29 pm on June 4, 2013 Permalink

          —Good sir, nonetheless, I insist: on my breakfast, I will not swim.

    • Joyceana 8:48 pm on June 1, 2013 Permalink

      *as the boatman, nodding towards the north of the bay with disdain*

      —There’s five fathoms out there. It’ll be swept up that way when the tide comes in about one. It’s nine days today.

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 7:20 pm on June 2, 2013 Permalink

        *as sea*


        • Kelly 6:32 pm on June 7, 2013 Permalink

          *as boat*


    • Kelly 10:05 pm on June 5, 2013 Permalink

      But Stephen could not dwell on his usurpation for long. He was going to teach, and his mind turned to lessons.

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 6:01 pm on June 8, 2013 Permalink

        Was this what he’d left Paris for?

        • Kelly 10:03 pm on June 10, 2013 Permalink

          *as Stephen*

          Better at least than This is a pencil. This is a book. The red pencil is long. The blue pencil is short.

    • Alexander 5:18 am on June 6, 2013 Permalink

    • Pat L 4:10 pm on June 6, 2013 Permalink

      *as the sea*
      You always call me snotgreen, when you know the colour can’t be snot. Why? i think you hate me, because you blame me for you still being here.

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 8:17 pm on June 6, 2013 Permalink

        *as fish*

        We agree with the sea.

        Are silver.

      • Jason 6:46 pm on June 12, 2013 Permalink

        *as the sea*

        For being here at all. Ever. Yes. You know I am a mother.

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  • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 11:47 pm on May 27, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, , Martello Tower, , Telemachus,   

    Telemachus RPG Preview 

    Starting this Saturday, June 1, we will move on from character interviews (at least temporarily, though you can still ask and answer questions on the existing posts) and start with full roleplays based on the different episodes of Ulysses. We will open, appropriately enough, with the first episode, sometimes called “Telemachus,” asking the question: what happens after Stephen leaves?


    How to Participate

    On Saturday, we will open up a thread for participation, starting with a scenario. You can then reply in much the same manner as we have been using for interviews, using *as character*. Because this is a little different from a character interview, you can also add a narrative passage or do something original that we may not have anticipated here.

    Remember, you don’t have to be an expert! This activity is much more about using what you do know about Ulysses (and anything else relevant) as a touchstone for creativity than it is about having read all the footnotes in all the scholars’ work. If you’re completely new to the book, or just need a refresher, the description below will help you get oriented.


    Joyce's Tower from Shore

    The Martello Tower in Sandycove

    About “Telemachus”

    In this opening episode of Ulysses, we meet Stephen Dedalus, his best frenemy Buck Mulligan, and the Englishman Haines who has been staying with them at the Martello Tower. Stephen is haunted by the death of his mother, the incident that recalled him from his sojourn in Paris where he headed after A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and he resents Buck for referring to her once as “beastly dead”.

    Haines, the Englishman, is gathering Irish folktales for a book and tries to speak Irish to the old woman who brings them milk. She asks if he is speaking French. At night, we learn, Haines shouts “about shooting a black panther.”

    By the end of the episode, Stephen has given the key to the tower and two pennies to Buck Mulligan, who has also made plans for the wages Stephen expects to receive that day.


    Where to Read “Telemachus” Online

    The Modernist Versions Project

    The Online Literature Network

    Questions? Ideas? Rants?

    If you have any questions or ideas you want to discuss, please post them in reply here.

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  • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 6:47 pm on May 17, 2013 Permalink  

    Interview with Molly Bloom 

    *as facilitator*

    Today we have Molly Bloom here to answer questions.


    *as Molly Bloom*

    Yes I will answer them Your questions Yes

    • Victoria 10:42 pm on May 19, 2013 Permalink

      What book do you wish Poldy would read to you in bed?

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 9:40 pm on May 21, 2013 Permalink

        *as Molly* I wonder is That Fifty Shades of Grey book or three of them I think as smutty as they say?

    • Cleo Hanaway 5:35 pm on May 20, 2013 Permalink

      So Molly, what really went on with you and the priest down by the river?!

  • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 7:22 pm on May 10, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: future,   

    Interview with Stephen Dedalus (1914) 

    *as facilitator* Thanks to modern technosorcery, Opening Ulysses can compress a decade into a week, so if you’ve ever wondered what Stephen Dedalus did after he left Mr Bloom, you can ask him now.

    *as Stephen* I have flown and so has time. Ask me what you will.

    • Pat 1:08 am on May 11, 2013 Permalink

      I wonder, Stephen. What are your thoughts on the war in Europe?

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 9:49 pm on May 12, 2013 Permalink

        *as Stephen* That I was right not to sign that petition for universal peace. See how much it changed?

    • Victoria 11:33 pm on May 19, 2013 Permalink

      How are your students these days?

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 6:29 pm on May 20, 2013 Permalink

        *as Stephen* Slaughtering the English language, I’m glad to report.

  • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 7:08 pm on May 3, 2013 Permalink  

    Schedule of Upcoming Events 

    This MOOCow is about to start running instead of walking. Here’s where you can expect it to stop and ruminate (though the schedule may change):

    • May 17: An Interview with Molly Bloom
    • June 1: The first full roleplay event, based on Telemachus (Episode 1), with events based on later episodes to follow, in order, every month thereafter. For the Telemachus roleplay, I’m thinking we can follow events at the Martello Tower after Stephen leaves, but I would love to hear other ideas (and ideas for other episodes).

    How to Participate

    Playing a part in an interview or roleplay is simple. To speak or act as a character, simply include *as CHARACTER* at the start of a comment. You can see how this works in practice in the interview with Leopold Bloom (and ask him more questions if you’d like).

    • Pat 7:45 pm on May 3, 2013 Permalink

      oooooooh excited :)

    • caroline 1:30 pm on May 4, 2013 Permalink

      Looking forward to this

  • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 7:08 pm on May 3, 2013 Permalink  

    Interview with Stephen Dedalus (1904) 

    *as facilitator* Stephen Dedalus is here to answer your questions.

    *as Stephen* Make the questions worth answering.

    *as facilitator* Remember, you are getting paid.

    *as Stephen* Not enough.

    • Pat 8:02 pm on May 3, 2013 Permalink

      *as facilitator* are you disappointed you never appeared in Finnegans Wake?

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 10:06 pm on May 5, 2013 Permalink

        *as Stephen* Why, but I am there, at least in spirit, with “dean of idlers . . . at Backlane Univarsity” in the tenth chapter, or so I’ve been told. Say what you will about my childish villanelle, I have written (and never will) write anything so confusing and confused as Finnegans Wake.

    • Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker 9:25 am on May 6, 2013 Permalink

      what Virág do you like?

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 9:54 pm on May 8, 2013 Permalink

        *as Stephen* The green rose.

    • A Citizen 7:02 pm on May 6, 2013 Permalink

      If to the west lies the ‘real’ Ireland, to the east lies the ‘old enemy’, and to the south lies the continent, where do I end up if I take the train from Amiens Street?

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 7:41 pm on May 18, 2013 Permalink

        *as Stephen* Wherever you get off.

    • Shaun Mac Irewick 7:59 pm on May 6, 2013 Permalink

      Tell me, young man, why must you always pee on the parade of progress? Your sneering cynicism encapsulates everything that is wrong with this generation.

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 7:48 pm on May 7, 2013 Permalink

        *as Stephen*

        Progress? I’ve yet to see it. As for my generation, it’s nothing to do with me, and if it were, I would hope to be everything your kind sees as wrong with it.

    • Kevin Schwartz 10:14 pm on May 6, 2013 Permalink

      *as facilitator* You are obviously extremely talented, but maybe not so focused. Do you feel you’ve “lived up to your potential”? What are some of your proudest artistic accomplishments?

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 8:58 pm on May 9, 2013 Permalink

        *as Stephen* I am as focused as my stomach and poverty will allow me to be. More than most in this country. My proudest artistic accomplishment is myself and my refusal to serve.

  • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 8:56 am on March 17, 2013 Permalink

    The Whys Behind the Hows and Whats 

    If you have been asking or answering questions on the Leopold Bloom interview thread, why did you ask or answer what and in the way you did? For example, in my initial post on the subject, I tried to portray the way Bloom sometimes stumbles over his words and takes a bit of searching to find the phrasing he wants to use. In my reply to the organ meats question, I used the opening paragraph of the fourth episode.

  • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 12:00 am on March 17, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: interview,   

    First Interview! 

    *as Leopold Bloom*

    Yes, well, I am . . . present as it were for questioning. Ask me.


    *as facilitator*

    Feel free to ask Mr Bloom any questions you may have and, if you wish, to slip into his character to answer.

    • Matt 7:52 pm on March 17, 2013 Permalink

      So Mr Bloom, what are your top 5 favourite organ meats?

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 11:27 pm on March 17, 2013 Permalink

        *as Leopold Bloom*

        I like a thick giblet soup, nutty gizzards, a stuffed roast heart, liverslices fried with crustcrumbs, and most of all, I like grilled mutton kidneys which give to the palate a fine tang of faintly scented urine.

        If you would let me add a number six, fried hencods’ roes are fine as well.

    • Pat L 9:44 pm on March 17, 2013 Permalink

      So Mr Bloom, you seem concerned with the insides of things? But not their outsides?

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 8:40 pm on March 22, 2013 Permalink

        *as Bloom*

        Outsides are fine, too. Only how it works. I want to see. Inside.

    • Pat L 7:18 pm on March 28, 2013 Permalink

      *as James Joyce*

      How do you feel about the way I told your story?

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 9:24 pm on April 1, 2013 Permalink

        *as Bloom* I must admit I am still trying, attempting to read it.

  • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 6:05 pm on February 21, 2013 Permalink  

    Opening Ulysses 

    Beginning 17 March, Open Ulysses will host a course, or course of events, of creative responses to Ulysses. The first event will be an open interview with “Leopold Bloom.”

    You can take part by asking questions or by taking on the role of Leopold Bloom to answer one or more questions just use the phrase *as Leopold Bloom* to indicate when you are in character. You can read Ulysses online here or see copies of the first edition at The Modernist Versions Project’s Year of Ulysses.

    • Roger Cummiskey 2:48 pm on March 3, 2013 Permalink

      as Leopold Bloom

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 11:45 pm on March 16, 2013 Permalink

        What are you saying as Leopold Bloom? :-)

    • Steve Cole 10:51 pm on March 17, 2013 Permalink

      When you went to bed early on that famous June 1904 morning, were you satisfied with your full day or overcome by thoughts of what had transpired in that bed the day before? Which mood dominated?

      • Purslane 1:11 am on March 21, 2013 Permalink

        *as Leopold Bloom* I was overcome by a dream of her making a river of words.

        • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 10:16 pm on March 21, 2013 Permalink

          Can you tell us which words were in that river, Mr Bloom?

    • Roger Cummiskey 12:14 am on March 18, 2013 Permalink

      I was just so knackered that I easily fell asleep straight away.

      • Elizabeth Kate Switaj 10:29 pm on March 20, 2013 Permalink

        Sounds like a thing Bloom would do!

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