“on the June 16th in the year of Our Lord 1904…”

It’s Bloomsday!  And not just in Dublin, Ireland, as Frank McNally points out.  The Irish Times archive is now locked up, but the digested read I posted last year is still available.  And this is still an excellent video.  Those of a sensitive disposition are duly warned, again, that James Joyce enjoys the language in all its fecund nuttiness.

Adds Via Crooked Timber’s Maria Farrell, here’s an Irish Times article from the weekend on the real people immortalised in Ulysses.

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  • Time to get the handkerchiefs out.

  • Mick Fealty

    The first movements of stately, plump Malachi ‘Buck’ Mulligan in the Martello Tower at Sandymount – which Joyce himself once shared with Oliver St John Gogarty:

    “Solemnly he came forward and mounted the round gunrest. He faced about and blessed gravely thrice the tower, the surrounding country and the awaking mountains. Then, catching sight of Stephen Dedalus, he bent towards him and made rapid crosses in the air, gurgling in his throat and shaking his head. Stephen Dedalus, displeased and sleepy, leaned his arms on the top of the staircase and looked coldly at the shaking gurgling face that blessed him, equine in its length, and at the light untonsured hair, grained and hued like pale oak”

  • Mick Fealty

    Feel free to cut and paste your own favourite bits:


  • Susan

    Pete — i hope this works as I don’t think I’m registered anymore. Thanks for all the culture bits, she said eloquently. I wanted to send something fresh for this Bloomsday, and this wonderfully profane, authentically pissed off, and thus heartfelt reading of Molly Bloom’s soliloquy by Aedin Moloney, actress and now founder and producer of New York City’s “Fallen Angel” theatre company (and, yes, daughter of the Chieftains’ Paddy) is it. It truly is.

  • willis
  • Pete Baker

    Thanks Susan.

  • Pete Baker

    Adds Via Crooked Timber’s Maria Farrell, here’s an Irish Times article from the weekend on the real people immortalised in Ulysses.

  • Greenflag

    He is buried in the Fluntern Cemetery within earshot of the lions in the Zürich Zoo. Although two senior Irish diplomats were in Switzerland at the time, neither attended Joyce’s funeral, and the Irish government subsequently declined Nora’s offer to permit the repatriation of Joyce’s remains. Nora, whom Joyce had finally married in London in 1931, survived him by 10 years. She is buried now by his side, as is their son George, who died in 1976. Ellmann reports that when the arrangements for Joyce’s burial were being made, a Catholic priest tried to convince Nora that there should be a funeral Mass. She replied, “I couldn’t do that to him.”

    Swiss tenor Max Meili sang Addio terra, addio cielo from Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at the funeral service.

    Also ‘interred’ in the Fluntern Friedhof along with Joyce are Therese Giehse and Elias Canetti . Giehse was a famous German actress -born in Munich to German Jewish parents .She played the first Mother Courage in Berthold Brecht’s famous play at the Schauspielhaus in Zurich in 1941 . After the war she returned to Germany and continued a long and distinguished career .

    Elias Canetti was a Bulgarian Jew of Sephardic origin who wrote in German .He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1981 .

    Joyce’s ‘Bloom’ would no doubt have appreciated the irony of his ‘creator ‘ being interred among such august artistic company 😉

    I trust that any Irish diplomats in Switzerland are commemorating the day and perhaps ensuring that a wreath is layed there each year on Joyce’s grave on behalf of the Irish people and ‘bloomsdayers ‘ everywhere .
    Does anyone know if they do ?

  • Cormac Mac Art

    What a USELESS book! Why could’nt he have wrote something with a begining, middle and end???

  • Somehow it never ages, never fades. It calls to everyone.

  • joeCanuck

    My copy has a beginning, a middle and an end. If it’s a thriller novel you want to read, your choice is virtually limitless. You can’t read them all.

  • wild turkey

    he did

    they’re just not necessarily in that order.

  • Cormac Mac Art

    Ah. Now I see the problem in my approach.

  • Greenflag


    ‘Somehow it never ages, never fades. It calls to everyone’

    That it does even to the mag world . It can even make the ‘technology ‘ giants of the early 21st century eat ‘humble pie ‘ as per this report


  • Greenflag
  • Greenflag

    ‘Why could’nt he have wrote something with a begining, middle and end???’

    He did . His beginning was his end and his end was his beginning and his middle was more of a muddle or was it a puddle near the Poddle ? We all have to work on our ends from the beginning and our ever expanding middles have been designed so that we can’t see the incriminating numbers on the bathroom scales 😉

  • So Apple see the light and about Oscar Wilde too!

    The best are timeless.