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.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wL_rXp-T4tc[/youtube]
Now, we’ll hear from the author himself. He was recorded reading from the Aeolus episode in 1924.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhW0TrzWGmI[/youtube]
This documentary explores the novel and its author in depth. It’s pretty interesting, too.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oDLbjZTh4w[/youtube]
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.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F_zwFhjdW8[/youtube]
If you’re not feeling so gung-ho, then just check out Molly Bloom’s famous soliloquy.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2BP_I6kuOw[/youtube]
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:[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhilxzboNi0[/youtube]
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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