Today is the day:
For millions of people, June 16 is an extraordinary day. On that day in 1904, Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom each took their epic journeys through Dublin in James Joyce's Ulysses, the world's most highly acclaimed modern novel. “Bloomsday”, as it is now known, has become a tradition for Joyce enthusiasts all over the world.
If you'd like to be an "enthusiast," you can celebrate with a glass of burgundy and a Gorgonzola sandwich for lunch! (Yuck!)
I've never made it through Ulysses, although I've never tried. I guess I'm not an enthusiast. Perhaps someday when I have a lot more time.
Posted June 16, 2004 05:15 AM | ai books
Any day is a good day for a Gorgonzola sandwich. Now I just have an excuse.
Posted by: Steve at June 16, 2004 08:49 AM
Mmmm. Gorgonzola sandwich... :)
I never made it through the novel, either. Years ago, I tried--several times--and generally found it bewildering. Now, I might just be too polluted by residual grad school lit crit to try again. :)
Posted by: raquel at June 16, 2004 09:48 AM
I wrote about this in my journal today, too. :) I quoted a guy on NPR who said that large parts of Ulysses are like reading a textbook for a math class you aren't taking. I loved that. So true.
Posted by: Cinnamon at June 17, 2004 03:04 AM