Bloomsday, a hundred years later:
They May Not Have Read `Ulysses,' but It's a Good Excuse for a Highbrow Party. Dublin observed the centenary of Bloomsday with a mammoth festival that organizers said attracted tens of thousands of people. By Brian Lavery. [New York Times: Books]
Happy Bloomsday. With Ulysses, James Joyce invited us to join Leopold Bloom as he took an epic journey through Dublin. In honor of the Bloomsday centennial, Jess Hemerly points us to the BBC's Cheat's Guide to Joyce's Ulysses. "It's funny if you've read the book, and helpful if you haven't," Jess says. Link (via a great notion) [Boing Boing]
No, I haven't read Ulysses, yet, either. It's on my Books To Read list, right there next to Gravity's Rainbow and David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest. And other less weighty tomes. Having committed to taking up Pynchon, I elected to ease my way in by reading The Crying of Lot 49 first, before tacking GR. I'm pretty sure I read Crying long ago; according to the notation inside this copy, I bought it in October 1974, which would have been during my year in grad school at UCLA (M.A. English, 1975). I picked up GR the next year, along with Barth's The Sotweed Factor, based on professor recommendations. According to the last longevity quiz I took I have 27 years to live, so I'd better get cracking on that reading list.