In celebration of the daylong setting of James Joyce's Ulysses, and the longer moment of the novel, ongoing still, acclaimed novelist and Emmy-winning screenwriter Robert Seidman will present a reading and discussion of the inestimable tome. In his words: "Ulysses is a daunting book, with a staggeringly ambitious literary and intellectual reach. The novel encompasses an exhilarating spectrum of life and art, comedy and sex. Great art is not fast food: it is not immediately digestible. Some works intentionally rebut conventional wisdom, jog perceptual patterns and challenge ossified beliefs. Many of the emotions and actions plumbed in Joyce’s novel are unsettling. For all artists worth their salt depict complex and multilayered worlds, knowing that stock responses do not sufficiently embody the random jumble of joys and frustrations that make up our existence. This 95-year-old novel is funny, sexy, psychologically acute, in short, Joyce’s Ulysses is one of the great humanist works of art."
Robert J. Seidman is a novelist, Emmy-winning screenwriter and literary critic. His latest novel, Moments Captured was published by The Overlook Press in 2012 and in England by Duckworth Press in 2014. The work is based loosely on the work and life of the pioneering 19th century photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Seidman’s One Smart Indian, a novel about a Northern Cheyenne set in mid-nineteenth century America, was published by the Overlook Press in 1980. Miraculously, it’s still in print. Seidman’s screenwriting credits include the Emmy-nominated A Life Apart: Hasidism in America. He has written PBS documentary films about Wallace Stevens, Margaret Mead, and Samuel Beckett. He also wroteIn Our Time, the final program of the nine-part series ambitiously titled Art of the Western World. Seidman co-wrote Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life. The film won the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Documentary, a George Foster Peabody Award, and the Emmy for Best Documentary, 2007. He is currently finishing a feature documentary film about Joseph Pulitzer, America’s most dynamic and innovative newspaper publisher. With Don Gifford, Robert Seidman is co-author of Ulysses Annotated: An Annotation of James Joyce's Ulysses, University of California Press, 1988.