I have read several times the great masterpiece "ULYSSES" by James Joyce and I found some news today
which is interesting in this context. June 15 apparently according to The New Yorker is BLOOMSDAY
which celebrates the life of this great writer and the New Yorker goes on to write about what to do.
How should admirers of James Joyce spend BLOOMSDAY and there are a number of suggestions and the
link is from America to Ireland and back so the emphasis is to spend time reading the text or in the
company of great artists, poets such as Paul Muldoon who give lectures presumably in appreciation
of James Joyce with specific reference to "Ulysses".
I have taught James Joyce novels and my students who were Austrian were keen to pick and choose and
we preferred to select one of his smaller works and dip into ULYSSES from time to time as afterall its an
accomplishment in itself to translate from one language to another so we did or at least I did as their teacher!
But its back to "Bloomsday in Brooklyn" and emjoy your Joyce or if you prefer to stay in the house, at home or indoors there is always the radio to tune into so thats a treat in store.
Belvedere was Joyce's Alma Mater according to the information provided but the details are scant and there is
little to grab onto other than what you wish to focus on so perhaps in this case viz The New Yorker the
emphasis is placed on New York in the United States of America.
Touching down with the James Joyces Society in Dublin Ireland I met an Amercan man who had travelled a long distance to join in the Bloomsday activities so we chatted over coffee on .. Joyce and ULYSSES!
But the comparison made is with Burns Night which is January 25 and the whole episode of Bloomsday is well covered in the New Yorker: Hard work pays UP!