The Sunday Salon (June 12): Bloomsday!

The Sunday So originally this post was going to be about blogging and changes and how my blog is my job now because no-one is going to hire me, but then I realized that was boring and kind of depressing and I’d rather write about something else. I’d rather write about Bloomsday!

Do you know what Bloomsday is? If you’re not a James Joyce fan (or if you’ve never known a James Joyce fan), then you might not have heard of it: Bloomsday, June 16th, is the day that the events in James Joyce’s Ulysses take place, and Joyce fans celebrate each June 16th by rereading Ulysses and doing Joyceean things and basically being awesome book nerds the whole day.

I was planning on reading Ulysses for Bloomsday, but as I don’t have a copy and as I can’t get to the library because public transportation around here bites the big one (and as the free ebook version is NOT the correct version, according to my Joyce prof), I’m going to read another Joyce book instead: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. It’s sort of related to Ulysses and it’s a Joyce book, so it sort of counts. But not really.

Street party in North Great George's Street, 2004 (Wikipedia)

The day involves a range of cultural activities including Ulysses readings and dramatisations, pub crawls and general merriment, much of it hosted by the James Joyce Centre in North Great George’s Street. Enthusiasts often dress in Edwardian costume to celebrate Bloomsday, and retrace Bloom’s route around Dublin via landmarks such as Davy Byrne’s pub. Hard-core devotees have even been known to hold marathon readings of the entire novel, some lasting up to 36 hours. (via Wikipedia)

Marathon readings! Street parties! General merriment! Doesn’t Bloomsday just sound like the best day ever?

Anyway, are you planning on doing anything for Bloomsday? Doing anything fabulously Joycean that I can be envious of?

Weekly Book Stats

Books read this week:
53. The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses – Ty Drago [rating: 4.5] B
54. The Wizard of Dark Street – Shawn Thomas Odyssey [rating: TBD] R
55. Toads and Diamonds – Heather Tomlinson [rating: TBD]

Books reviewed this week:
45. First Descent – Pam Withers [rating: 4] B
48. Sparrow Road – Sheila O’Connor [rating: 4] R

Books acquired this week the past two weeks:

Currently reading:
I’m in the first chapter of Agatha H., which I hope is going to be an awesome steampunk-y adventure story. I’m also a bit into Wanderlust, which I’m reading for a book tour (my first!), and the Cleopatra book I wrote about on Thursday is currently glaring at me. So I’m pretty well set!


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8 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon (June 12): Bloomsday!”

  1. Whaaaaaaaaat??? Why have I never heard of this? (Because I’m not a Joyce fan and I don’t know any Joyce fans.) This sounds insanely awesome! Maybe I’ll try out the free eBook version of Ulysses just for laffs.

    1. It IS insanely awesome! Or at least it should be– I haven’t been to any Bloomsday celebration IRL yet, but I really, really want to.

  2. I didn’t know about this and Joyce makes me feel small and I don’t think I’d dare read Ulysses anytime soon, but I’m still happy there’s a day to celebrate the author.

    Also, is there a way to turn blogging into a job? I may need to look into that since I have about zero chance at a job right now.

    1. Dubliners might be a good way to dip into Joyce’s works without committing yourself to something like Ulysses! Have you read that already? It’s a collection of short stories, and it’s not as experimental in the writing as his other books.

      I WISH I could blog for a living! Especially if it would give me enough money to move/sustain myself in a city somewhere. But no, all I’m getting right now is a little money for advertising/affiliate earnings, and the some from my other internet “job.” At least that one gives me enough money to splurge on a book once in a while. Sigh.

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