Jerry Schwartz

Booklover, Songwriter, Author, Recording Artist

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"Space Cadet” from The Jerrys’ first album, Pop Go The Jerrys, performed at Rumble House Rehearsal Studio in Chicago.

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In Pixels of Young Mueller, Klaus Mueller scribbles a small poem in his journal. The words pay tribute to the men who dangle from Chicago’s skyscrapers in an effort to rid the city of dirty windows:Like spiders the window washersrappel themselvestoward the taxi sea

In Pixels of Young Mueller, Klaus Mueller scribbles a small poem in his journal. The words pay tribute to the men who dangle from Chicago’s skyscrapers in an effort to rid the city of dirty windows:

Like spiders the window washers
rappel themselves
toward the taxi sea

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Here’s part of the scene at today’s Chicago VeganMania at the Broadway Armory. In addition to presentations, workshops and panel discussions, chef demos, vegan experts, and performers, the event featured dozens of exhibitors (some of which are shown above) and my favorite, the vegan food court. I have a leftover samosa from Arya Bhavan that I predict won’t be around long.

Here’s part of the scene at today’s Chicago VeganMania at the Broadway Armory. In addition to presentations, workshops and panel discussions, chef demos, vegan experts, and performers, the event featured dozens of exhibitors (some of which are shown above) and my favorite, the vegan food court. I have a leftover samosa from Arya Bhavan that I predict won’t be around long.

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Here’s a raw, unrehearsed, unedited version of “Jumping Jack Flash.” That’s Robert Porche on drums, and I’m the guy trying to remember the words.

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What Is a Künstlerroman?

With Look Homeward, Angel, Thomas Wolfe introduced me to the Künstlerroman (German for “artist novel”), and I have been a huge fan of the genre ever since. Some of my favorite novels (eg, The Apprenticeship of Wilhelm Meister, The Way of All Flesh, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man) are of the Künstlerroman variety, and I even wrote one of my own.

The Künstlerroman is actually a subgenre of the Bildungsroman. A Bildungsroman is a coming-of-age story, that is, the story’s focus is on the psychological and moral growth of the main character from childhood to adulthood, with maturation as the goal. According to Wikipedia, “The genre often features a main conflict between the main character and society. Typically, the values of society are gradually accepted by the protagonist and he is ultimately accepted into society.”

When the Bildungsroman’s main character is an artist, the work is a Künstlerroman (Goethe’s The Apprenticeship of Wilhelm Meister is considered to be the first of its type). In other words, every Künstlerroman is a Bildungsroman, but not every Bildungsroman is a Künstlerroman.

Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference between a Bildungsroman and a Künstlerroman, as illustrated by the list that currently appears on Wikipedia’s Künstlerroman page, but that confusion disappears when you consider the fact that the “artist novel” is a sub-genre of the “coming-of-age novel” and not a separate genre altogether.

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The Lanikai LU-21CE concert acoustic/electric ukulele, made by Hohner, is made of Nato wood (Eastern Mahogany) with white binding and has an 18-fret rosewood fingerboard. My favorite feature is the Shadow P3 pickup system, which allows the ukulele to be plugged into an amplifier.

The Lanikai LU-21CE concert acoustic/electric ukulele, made by Hohner, is made of Nato wood (Eastern Mahogany) with white binding and has an 18-fret rosewood fingerboard. My favorite feature is the Shadow P3 pickup system, which allows the ukulele to be plugged into an amplifier.

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My James Joyce Shelf
Joyce Images (Cato and Vitiello)
Ulysses Annotated (Gifford)
James Joyce A to Z: The Essential Reference to His Life and Writings(Fargnoli and Gillespie)
Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Life in Joyce’s Masterpiece(Kiberd)
James Joyce’s Dubliners: An Illustrated Edition (Jackson and McGinley)
James Joyce Letters Vol I (Gilbert)
James Joyce Letters Vol II (Ellman)
James Joyce (Ellman)
Joyce Annotated: Notes for Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Gifford)
Joyce’s Dublin: A Walking Guide to Ulysses (McCarthy and Rose)
Giacomo Joyce (James Joyce)
"Ulysses Map of Dublin" (Dublin Tourism Enterprises)
Ulysses (James Joyce)
Stephen Hero (James Joyce)
ReJoyce (Burgess)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce)
Finnegans Wake (James Joyce)
A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake (Campbell and Robinson)
James Joyce’s Ulysses (Gilbert)

My James Joyce Shelf

  • Joyce Images (Cato and Vitiello)
  • Ulysses Annotated (Gifford)
  • James Joyce A to Z: The Essential Reference to His Life and Writings(Fargnoli and Gillespie)
  • Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Life in Joyce’s Masterpiece(Kiberd)
  • James Joyce’s Dubliners: An Illustrated Edition (Jackson and McGinley)
  • James Joyce Letters Vol I (Gilbert)
  • James Joyce Letters Vol II (Ellman)
  • James Joyce (Ellman)
  • Joyce Annotated: Notes for Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Gifford)
  • Joyce’s Dublin: A Walking Guide to Ulysses (McCarthy and Rose)
  • Giacomo Joyce (James Joyce)
  • "Ulysses Map of Dublin" (Dublin Tourism Enterprises)
  • Ulysses (James Joyce)
  • Stephen Hero (James Joyce)
  • ReJoyce (Burgess)
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce)
  • Finnegans Wake (James Joyce)
  • A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake (Campbell and Robinson)
  • James Joyce’s Ulysses (Gilbert)

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"Ticket to Ride" - The Jerrys

"Ticket to Ride" (by John Lennon and Paul McCartney), from Best of The Jerrys. That’s my brother Troy on drums—I’m doing the rest.

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