“of no uncommon calibre”

June 16, 2016

cover, Ulysses by James JoyceToday, June 16, is Bloomsday. It’s the day on which the events unfolded in Ulysses, by James Joyce. Celebrated in Dublin since 1954, Bloomsday is marked each year by Joyce fans with readings, walks and other celebrations of Leopold and Molly Bloom. (Read more about the origins of Bloomsday.)

If you’re inclined to celebrate and you’re not in Dublin for the Bloomsday Festival, you could choose a random line from Ulysses as a poetry prompt. The full text is available free from Project Gutenberg. You could follow in Bloom’s footsteps with the help of JoyceWays, an app that takes you to more than 100 locations from the book, with excerpts along the way (more JoyceWays on Facebook). You could also check out the Naxos iPad app, James Joyce’s Ulysses: a Guide.

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