Pg. 175 of David Markson’s copy of Joyce: The Man, the Work, the Reputation by Marvin Magalaner & Richard M. Kain:
On which Markson placed an x and a check in the margins next to the following Joyce anecdote re: something he said to Al Laney (whose name Markson has also underlined):
“An acquaintance of Joyce in Paris during the early twenties has recalled to the author of the present study an unpublished anecdote, in which Joyce used a similar figure to describe his view of religion. Men, he said to Al Laney, then a correspondent for the Paris Herald, are like deep-sea fish, swimming in water that is mysteriously irradiated with light from above the surface but unable to rise to the surface to see—a characteristic figure in its grotesquerie and its relevance to Joyce’s own limited sight.”
Swimming in water that is mysteriously irradiated with light from above the surface…
“A hundred cares, a tithe of troubles, and is there one who understands me?”
From Joyce’s Finnegans Wake.
From Markson’s The Last Novel. (Pg. 187)
Unable to rise to the surface to see…
“Joyce had twenty-five operations on his eyes.”
According to Markson on pg. 67 of Reader’s Block.
Its relevance to Joyce’s own limited sight…