Still one of the most radical novels of the 20th Century, James Joyce's Ulysses is considered to have ushered in the era of the modern novel. Loosely based on Homer's Odyssey, the book follows Leopold Bloom and a number of other characters through an ordinary day, twenty four hours, in Dublin, on June 16, 1904. The text is dense and difficult, but perfectly suited to an oral reading, filled with language tricks, puns and jokes, stream of consciousness, and bawdiness. NOTE: Because of the nature of this project, there was a bending of usual LibriVox procedures: pub-like background noise was encouraged, as well as group readings; and no editing was required, so in places there may be some accidental variation from the original text ... Listener be warned! (Summary by Hugh McGuire)
Bear Grylls has climbed Mount Everest, served in the Special Forces and been named the UK's Chief Scout. At the Apple Store, Regent Street he talked about his adventures, shared some of his survival knowledge and gave us a look at his new app, The Bear Essentials.
By Apple Inc.
The Odyssey is one of the two major ancient Greek epic poems (the other being the Iliad), attributed to the poet Homer. The poem is commonly dated to between 800 and 600 BC. The poem is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, and concerns the events that befall the Greek hero Odysseus in his long journey back to his native land Ithaca after the fall of Troy. It takes Odysseus ten years to return to his native land of Ithaca after ten years of war; during his 20-year absence, his son Telemachus and his wife Penelope must deal with a group of unruly suitors who have moved into Odysseus' home to compete for Penelope's hand in marriage, since most have assumed that Odysseus has died. The poem is a fundamental text in the Western canon and continues to be read in both Homeric Greek and translations around the world. (Summary from Wikipedia
Since opening a small boutique in 1970, Paul Smith has anticipated and even inspired trends not only in fashion, but also in the wider context of popular culture. Join Paul at the Apple Store, Covent Garden in London as he discusses his 30-year career as one of Britain’s preeminent designers.
By Apple Inc.
This is where you'll find Cocteau Twins cover versions, interviews, remixes and live performance tracks! All of the podcast files are now available on one page, newest additions appear at the top of the page. Separate archive pages are still available. LAST UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 25, 2007
In-depth, biographical portraits of pre-eminent classical musicians and artists interviewed by Norman Lebrecht. Frank, self-appraising and psychologically revealing, these 44 minute interviews include conductors, singers, broadcast weekly during the BBC Proms season, July to September. Lebrecht interviews this year include Riccardo Chailly, Marilyn Horne, Simone Young, Sir Roger Norrington and Joyce DiDonato. Weekly from July 19th 2010 for 8 weeks Lasting 44 minutes maximum.
By BBC Radio 3
Few things, even in literature, can really be said to be unique — but Moby Dick is truly unlike anything written before or since. The novel is nominally about the obsessive hunt by the crazed Captain Ahab of the book’s eponymous white whale. But interspersed in that story are digressions, paradoxes, philosophical riffs on whaling and life, and a display of techniques so advanced for its time that some have referred to the 1851 Moby Dick as the first “modern” novel. (Summary by Stewart Wills)