Bloomsday

16 06 2010

Today is Bloomsday, June 16, the day on which James Joyce sets the action of Ulysses, as well as the day James Joyce met Nora Barnacle, who was to be his lifelong partner and wife. To celebrate, here are some things:

Joyce interviewed by the incomparable Djuna Barnes, who was to be a great author in her own right, for a 1922 Vanity Fair profile.

Above is a photograph of the men who celebrated the very first Bloomsday in 1954. Among them is Brian O’Nolan, better known by his pen name, Flann O’Brien. He is the author of At Swim-Two-Birds and The Third Policeman, amongst others. According to legend, the group was supposed to travel around Dublin visiting the sites mentioned in the book, but that plan was scrapped in favor of staying at Bailey’s Pub because of the earlier-than-intended intoxication of those involved. Heh…


“Deal with him, Hemingway, deal with him!” Hehe…


Patton Oswalt on Dublin and Guinness, with a little Joyce mention at the end. Lol…

Here is the original New York Times review of Ulysses by Joseph Collins.

The Brazen Head has a bunch of information and links re Joyce.

And, finally, some quotes from other authors concerning Ulysses:

“Ulysses could have done with a good editor. You know people are always putting Ulysses in the top 10 books ever written but I doubt that any of those people were really moved by it.”
Roddy Doyle

“Ulysses […] was an elaborate prank, and our supposed intellectual elite continue to fall for it.”
Orson Scott Card

“You should approach Joyce’s Ulysses as the illiterate Baptist preacher approaches the Old Testament: with faith.”
William Faulkner

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