THE LIFE OF AN ARTIST … the captive and the liberator …

Today: A quiet reading day.

A quiet Saturday, reading.

Joyce in Zurich, c 1913

Joyce in Zürich, c 1913

“The life of an artist … differs from the lives of other persons in that its events are becoming artistic sources even as they command his present attention. Instead of allowing each day, pushed back by the next, to lapse into imprecise memory, he shapes again the experiences, which have shaped him.  He is at once the captive and the liberator.” Richard Ellmann in  James Joyce (Recommended)

American literary critic Richard Ellmann (1918-1987) was also an excellent biographer and wrote about Joyce, Wilde and Yeats.  As far as I know, all three books are still in publication.

Joyce photo is in the public domain.

SUBSIDIARY DEITIES

Introducing Baxter Dedes, the newest member of the family and 'The Poet by Day' office manager

Introducing Baxter Dedes, the newest member of the family and the new ‘The Poet by Day’ office manager. Baxter is a Rat Terrier and Chihuahua mix … a “Rat-Chi.”

Remembered warmly and with gratitude, Baxter’s predecessors:

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Brutus.

“A kind of additional or subsidiary Deity designed to catch the overflow and surplus of the world’s worship . . .  The Dog is a survival — an anachronism.  He toils not, neither does he spin, yet Solomon in all his glory never lay upon a door-mat all day long, sun-soaked and fly-fed and fat, while his master worked for the means wherewith to purchase the idle wag of the Solomonic tail . . .” Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

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Buddy and his best pal.

“A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.” Robert Benchley

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Xiang Xiang’s Ah Man, better known as “Gus.”

“My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to 99 cents a can.  That’s almost $7 in dog money.” Joe Weinstein

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Feyd.

“How’s it going, Mr. Peterson?,” asks Woody in Cheers. “It’s a dog-eat-dog world, Woody, and I’m wearing milk-bone underwear.”

© 2016, photos from the family album, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved