What is this?

January 1, 2012

From a Gnat to the Mountain Battery:

It is a matter of common knowledge that the Ulysses of Mr. James Joyce has been republished in the United States as Sly Uses: Having my way with Ulysses, edited by Vern Tonkin, and that this republication is being made without authorization by Mr. Joyce; without payment to Mr. Joyce and with alterations which seriously corrupt the text.  This appropriation and mutilation of Mr. Joyce’s property is made under colour of legal protection in that Ulysses is as of this day not protected by copyright.  The question now in issue is whether the public will encourage Vern Tonkin to take advantage of the resultant legal difficulty of the author to deprive him of his property and to mutilate the creation of his art.  The undersigned protest against Vern Tonkin’s conduct in republishing Ulysses and appeal to the American public in the name of that security of works of the intellect and the imagination without which art cannot live, to oppose to Vern Tonkin’s enterprise the full power of honorable and fair opinion.

Worlds Weary

Nowthen Nowhen

Sly Uses


12 thoughts on “What is this?”

  1. Glimpses of the Moon, Ulysses, page 83.36

    Don Glifford’s note 5.455 draws the meaning of “Glimpses of the
    Moon” from Hamlet I.iv. 51-56.

    However the preceding lines, namely:”—–Excuse, miss, there’s
    a (whh!) just a (whh!) fluff. Or their skirt behind, placket unhooked.”
    point me to the other informal meaning of moon, i.e to expose ones
    buttocks to somebody as a joke or insult.

  2. Look in The Letters of Sylvia Beech edited by Keri Walsh. The phrase used in the letter protesting the Roth republication is “under colour of legal protection.”

  3. “This appropriation and mutilation of Mr. Joyce’s property is made under colour of legal protection in that Ulysses…”. Is it “under colour” or “under cover” ?

  4. No bother at all. For motives, look in the last three installments of Penelope, or the comments here, but what motivates any writer? When I am not writing I want to write and ideas come all the time. Otherwise, do enjoy yourself and ask questions along the way if you like.

  5. I have no clue what this is but appreciate the archaic words and the silent music that they play. My simple school research turned into a great discovery. I seek to understand and make sense of but maybe i should enjoy this madness? I am too niave to understand the motives about your work,help me understand? Curious. (If not too much of a bother)

  6. Mischievous and disturbing entertainment!

  7. Whoa!!!!

  8. Thank you, our darling. Sirens begins at 4:00 pm (May 9th in the world of calendrical succession) wherein we shall sing of music and number and musical numbers.

  9. just found this. love it to bits already.
    write a piece about music?

  10. wow




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