Happy Bloomsday Everybody!
From the beginning. If you have no idea of what it is, fix it reading this article. Ok, now follow some of my suggestions to Bloomsday of last year. If you never read Ulysses and you are in the mood to start a new book, start reading it at the Project Gutenberg and buy the book after, because it’s a big and very interesting, and important book, but it’s tough to read it.
Next step if you are planning to read it: buy an annotated version. When I buy books that had been translated I always do that, when I buy a complex classic in other language I prefer an annotated version too and Joyce is not for little girls that love ponies, he is complex. But don’t give up. With the on-line version and a good search engine everything is possible. Those links that can help you:
– Ulysses : Concordance is a hypertextual, self-referential edition of Ulysses, prepared using the Project Gutenberg edition.
Maybe you are not in the mood. So, start with something easy, like Ulysses for Dummies:
From Hunger smells an opportunity when we step in it. Herewith, our stripped-down, revved-up version of Joyce’s great work, which we, with one eye on the marketplace, have called Ulysses for Dummies. Now you can thrill to the discussion of Shakespeare in chapter 9; weep with Simon Dedalus at Dignam’s funeral in chapter 6; frolic with Bloom and Stephen in chapter 15’s dreamscape of Nighttown; and join in Molly’s optimistic vindication of the world in chapter 18. And it’s in color, thanks to the 16-color palette of Windows Paintbox!
An impressive description with animations so good as the one above. Back to the Bloomsday, a few more links about it:
– BBC has two streaming videos about the Ulysses.
– Bloomsday – An unforgettable odyssey, the Economist article.
– Bloomsday information and program at the Rosenbach Museum & Library.
– On this cancelled Bloomsday, life imitates art, The Boston Globe article explains why it was cancelled.
Há diversas comemorações do Bloomsday aqui no Brasil e em São Paulo, como sempre deve ter alguma coisa lá no Finnegans. Como está chovendo, eu estou com frio, cansada, meio deprê, tenho que estudar e não quero perder a parada gay amanhã, acho que vou ficar em casa. Quem não sabe exatamente o que fazer pode dar uma olhada nos posts em português sobre a data:
– O Biscoito Fino e a Massa vem com Ulisses, de James Joyce: Celebração do Bloomsday.
– O 2005 – Uma Odisséia Literária ataca de modo mais ferroz, com um dia inteiro de Joyce.
Mais alguém? Who else is blogging about Bloomsday today? Let me know ok? And Happy Bloomsday again!