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Belated Bloomsday: A Beginner’s Guide to ULYSSES

James Joyce’s Ulysses is one of those books that I really, really want to read, but I open it up and then promptly throw it down and start screaming like a little girl because INTIMIDATING. But it shouldn’t be. In honor of Bloomsday, in an attempt to make myself a little less afraid and little more enthusiastic, I spent last Sunday acclimating myself to the world of Ulysses via video.

First, Stephen Fry tells us why he loves Ulysses and provides a handy synopsis.

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Now, we’ll hear from the author himself. He was recorded reading from the Aeolus episode in 1924.

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This documentary explores the novel and its author in depth. It’s pretty interesting, too. 

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And if you’re really feeling gung-ho, here’s the full-length film from 1967.  It even received an Academy Award nomination for the screenplay. 

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If you’re not feeling so gung-ho, then just check out Molly Bloom’s famous soliloquy. 

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If you’re more a listener than a watcher, you might check out Frank Delaney’s Re:Joyce Podcast.

Bloomsday, then, is a day when people remember this great work of Joyce, read his novel that takes place in a day, and do something to recreate the world of Leopold and Molly Bloom.

Take a look at how Dubliners celebrate the day:

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When Bloomsday rolls around next year, and you’re in Houston, TX, then I recommend following the plan set forth by Jack Highberger at Jack Around

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