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I mean, this is clearly the archetype of all author photos. Joyce is wearing an eye patch. And a vest.* This is the author photo that Jeffrey Eugenides focused on, thinking to himself, I can do it. I can totally pull of a vest. But Eugenides was wrong. Only Joyce could pull this off. Well played, James Joyce, well played.
* Joyce is not, in fact, wearing a vest. It's a jacket. For some reason, in the original small file photo that I was looking at, I thought it was a vest. So this ruins everything, but convinces me that I should maybe invest in glasses. Or an eye patch. Or a vest. Or a jacket. I don't know.
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