eddistoon amid the lampless" J. Joyce
"In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is a hallucinating fool." M.McLuhan
James Joyce, self-exiled Irish novelist, is regarded as one of the greatest literary talents of the 20th century and is known for his revolutionary innovations in the art of the novel. His experimental narrative techniques include the use of a unique language of invented words, puns and complex allusions, and the use of a network of symbolic parallels drawn from mythology, history and literature.
The Marshall McLuhan-Finnegans Wake Reading Club is dedicated to exploring new and old modes of modern thinking and creative expression by incorporating the best Joyce scholars - Marshall McLuhan, Eric McLuhan, Joseph Campbell, Roland McHugh, Donald Theall and many others.
Media ecologist Gerry Fialka leads discussion on the insights of Canadian cultural critic and media theorist Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) . Author of 19 books, McLuhan is the preeminent philosopher of our Electric Age and arguably the greatest intellectual power since Einstein . McLuhan's prophetic and timeless messages incorporate a steady stream of references to the work of James Joyce and more specifically Joyces poetic masterwork Finnegans Wake.
McLuhan once described his work as "applied Joyce" and revered Finnegans Wake as the repository of Joyce's precient perceptions of the implosion of industrial-print culture in the face of the overwhelming speed-up of electronic media and the accompanying retribalization of Western man through it's all-pervasive effects.
Marshall McLuhan-Finnegans Wake Reading Club is presently the only group of its kind and welcomes any and all to join in the readings and discussion regardless of their level of experience, in full recognition that, in the fusion of cross-diciplinary, pan-culturally referenced dialog, is produced the light at the end of the dark tunnel-realities which lead us only to war and ecological self-extinction.
Far from the doom and gloom of political punditry or the staid and stuffy assesments of academia, Marshall McLuhan-Finnegans Wake Reading Club celebrates with joy and irreverent humor the work of these two great perceivers, in hopes of waking the mythic giant within us all.
"Lots of fun at Finnegans Wake"
Poet/philosopher Bob Dobbs says:
"FINNEGANS WAKE is he history of technology and what it's done to us. The electronic environment has swallowed visual space. The WAKE preserves visual space and satirizes the information overload that bombards us daily.
By studying the WAKE, one can recognize the effects of visual space and acquire a passport to the global esperant. If you just take sips of it, the WAKE is like the mechanical-tactile music of rock'n'roll. It's rock'n'roll in print & must be read outloud."
The McLuhan/Finnegan's Wake Reading Club will probe the best discontinuous actor in the Global Theater and Ninja Turtle for the cliche-archetype intermedia process, Marshall NcLuhan, who said, "If it works, it's obsolete;" and also James Joyce who discovered CD-R fifty years ago and disguised it as the novel."
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