On this day in 1904, Leopold Bloom, the main character in James Joyce's Ulysses, made his way around Dublin. The entire novel takes place on June 16th. Bloomsday!
A new adaptation of Ulysses, "a serialized electronic comic book", called Ulysses Seen, is being written by Robert Berry. Two Episodes are complete: "Telemachus", in which we meet Buck Mulligan and Stephen Dedalus, and "Calypso", in which we meet Bloom. Explore the web site by clicking tabs at the top and sides. Ulysses in Five Minutes is great.
Click here for Joan K. Smith's description of Ulysses Seen in yesterday's Huffington Post.
In honor of Bloomsday, click here at 7:00 pm Eastern for "WBAI's 30th annual broadcast of readings from Ulysses by James Joyce, featuring actors in New York, Los Angeles, London and Dublin like Alec Baldwin, Garrison Keillor, John Lithgow, Bob Odenkirk, Wallace Shawn, Jerry Stiller, Kate Valk and Caraid O'Brien as Molly Bloom, who also directs the production."
Click here to read Ulysses free online.
Two helpful books are The New Bloomsday Book: A Guide Through Ulysses, by Harry Blamires, Routledge, 1996, and Ulysses Annotated: Notes for James Joyce's Ulysses, by Don Gifford with Robert J. Seidman, University of Califonia Press, 1988.
Click here for Bloomsday on Google News.
Click here to buy a signed first edition of Ulysses for only $392,133.40.
Happy Bloomsday to one and all!