Hey! It’s Bloomsday!

Things are hoppin in Dublin today! Oh to be in Dublin now that Bloom’s there! (Or was there in 1904, fictionally.)

I copied this from bloomsday:

Bloomsday—June 16th—is an annual celebration among Joyce fans throughout the world, from Fort Lauderdale to Melbourne. It is celebrated in at least sixty countries worldwide, but nowhere so imaginatively, of course, as in Dublin. There the events of Leopold Bloom’s day are reenacted by anyone who cares to participate, and his itinerary is followed all across Dublin.

At lunchtime it’s traditional to stop off for a glass of burgundy and a Gorgonzola sandwich at Davy Byrne’s Pub on Duke Street, just as Bloom did. In the afternoon the Ormond Hotel is the spot for an afternoon pint, where Bloom was tempted by the barmaids in the Sirens chapter.

The years since 1904 have made an exact replication of Bloom’s route impossible—Bloom’s home at 7 Eccles Street no longer exists and the red-light district (“Nighttown”), in which the hallucinatory Circe chapter takes place, has been leveled; only the street pattern remains.

Bloomsday celebrations also feature readings of Ulysses, James Joyce lookalike contests, various other semi-literary activities, and a good excuse for hoisting a few Guinnesses. In the eyes of many, it’s easier and a lot more fun than trying to work your way through Ulysses.

Hey, I don’t care what anybody says, I worked my way through the whole of Ulysses once. What a strange, wild and crazy book. Also, I’ve read the definitive biography of Joyce by Richard Ellmann (who died later of Lou Gherig’s disease). And I’ve read a bunch of other Joyce stuff too — not that anyone gives a ….! LOL

Oh, to be hoistin a Guiness at Mulligan’s Pub right now in Dublin! YeeeeeeeeeeeHahhhhhhhh

  1. Mardy’s avatar

    Well, no Guinness for me today. Too bad. hahaha

  2. nk’s avatar

    Why no Guinness?

    I started but never finished the Ulysses book. I will go back to it one day. Talking about books: I borrowed Penrose book from a fiend. I am scared to even start reading it.



  3. zgirl’s avatar

    I’ve never even started Ulysses.
    But I have started a Guinness.
    What a strange, wild and crazy drink!

  4. the old guy’s avatar

    Atta go, Boss, keep at it and you’ll catch up to me someday. LOL! Hey, I stopped reading the Penrose book at the complex variables chapter. It’s easy stuff but I forget it. Where’s John?

    Very good, zgirl! Yes, it is a strange, wild and crazy drink. What a long strange trip we’re on! (Who said that?? Not that you don’t know, lol) But Guinness at its finest is smooth as silk and leaves the finest lingering taste. It can’t be too cold though, must be almost warm in fact, and of course poured into the glass very slowly. I expect to be sipping the nectar in Irish pubs come July 26 to August 7.

    Yeeeeeeeehahhhhhhhhhhhhgh! Wait, was that Howard Dean?

  5. zgirl’s avatar

    Happy Father’s Day POP!
    I’m going to run down to Jim BOB’s and pick you up a Turnover!

  6. POP’s avatar

    Atta go, zgirl! Nothin beats a JimBob turnover, whether apple or raspberry or blueberry. Thanks! I found your card and the bag with one each, apple and raspberry turnover! Great Kate! Thanks a lot!

  7. zgirl’s avatar

    Gee Dad, Wally told me to do it…
    (“the Beaver”)

  8. zDaD’s avatar

    Does Wally the Beaver like turnovers too?

  9. 2e’s avatar

    I’ve never even tried Ulysses but I have been listening to a very interesting book (Why the Greeks Matter) – One of the early chapters explores the Iliad and Odyssey in detail….I never knew that Odysseus (sp?) was just a home-loving guy at heart… :-) … The author even got in a quote by Samuel Johnson about not being really happy unless you like being at home …sort of… I’ll have to look it up the next time I take a break from NBTI-ness. :-)

  10. 1e’s avatar

    Ahh, very good, 2e, many thanks for the comment! Yes, that sounds (you are listening) like a very interesting book — Why the Greeks Matter. In fact, that must be the one by Thomas Cahill, right? He’s a very provacative and fascinating writer of histories. I read his “How the Irish Saved Civilization” a few years back, a fascinating book. The Irish monks really did save Western civilization! During the dark ages they were able to copy ancient texts because these monks were hidden away in obscure monasteries while other groups were being pillaged and burned! They could work in relative tranquility.

    Yes, roots are important, but I find I don’t miss Westford that much. I would like to get back to Cuba, though, before I croak.

    But old Odysseus (sp?) or rather Ulysses (sp?) had some pretty wild times and faced all imaginable dangers. Joyce’s book takes Leopold Bloom through all these stages, these fundamental rights of passage.

    Well, enough for now! Thanks again for your comment on this obscure blog! And obscure it is. LOL :-)

  11. 2e’s avatar

    Yes, that’s the Cahill! I’ve been thinking of getting his “Irish Saved Civilization” book too so now that you have given it the high sign I’ll put it on my list .. or even put in my order at the Northboro Library. :-)

    I hope they have it on CD. One can get through a lot of material just by commuting to Hudson.

    I also highly recommend the ‘Modern Scholar’ series – Just completed the ‘course’ on Feminism. The Professor is Estelle Friedman from Stanford.

    Cheers! :-)

  12. og’s avatar

    Yes, that’s a great way to spend the time commuting! I should have done that — way back when. One can learn a lot by listening. Listening is in fact a great art. Many people are too impatient, but I’m finding more and more that it’s vital to listen to the other person. Howard Dean listens, and then learns! Bush only hears what he wants to hear, which isn’t much. But I digress….

    I’ll have to check out that ‘Modern Scholar’ series. Did you do the course on Feminism while commuting?? Well, I’ll have to finish my courses on Gaelic, then I’ll check into that — or, maybe I can still multi-task? lol? Imagine! At my age?

    Cheers! :-)


  13. zgirl’s avatar

    You haven’t posted a new blog since June!
    What the hell?

  14. nk’s avatar

    Way to keep him on his toes zgirl!! Good job. I see it got results too….



  15. ob’s avatar

    Yes! It got results. I even started a new topic! Way to go, zgirl.


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