“It may seem that Ulysses violates the techniques of the novel beyond all limit, but Finnegans Wake takes language beyond any boundary of communicability. It may seem that Ulysses represents the most arduous attempt to give physiognomy to chaos, but Finnegans Wake defines itself as ‘Chaosmos’ and ‘Microchasm’ and constitutes the most terrifying document of formal instability and semantic ambiguity that we possess.”
— Umberto Eco, The Open Work (1962)
823.JOY is a series of studio projects which investigate the form and function of the book. An essential characteristic of the book is its relationship to other books. Presented here are a selection of books, all related in different ways to James Joyce’s often self-reflexive book Finnegans Wake.