Tag Archives: Bloomsday

Kidney of Bloom, pray for us.

Bloomsday 2023 at Ulysses pub. The pub opened its doors on June 16, 2003. I have no idea how I heard about it back then (I just looked it up: Aedin told me.) – but I did. The pub opened … Continue reading

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New Substack: Bloomsday past and present

For my Substack, I wrote about the Bloomsday celebration I’ve been going to (more or less) for 20 years, and my history with the book, and Dad, and lovable finance bro, and meeting people where the sole bond is knowing … Continue reading

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Rejoyce. It’s Bloomsday.

Some men send flowers to commemorate an anniversary. James Joyce wrote Ulysses. Overachiever. On June 15, 1904, young James Joyce sent a note to Nora Barnacle, who was a waitress at Finn’s Hotel. Barnacle (what an apt name) was a … Continue reading

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A Convergence of Irish Awesome down on Wall Street

Yesterday, at the rowdy Bloomsday celebration that I have attended since its inception, some dude walked by me wearing this Tshirt, and I saw him coming at me and snapped my phone – at the very same moment that 5 … Continue reading

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Playing With a Full Deck

Headed off to the Bloomsday celebration yesterday – the one I go to every year – with my collectors-item James-Joyce-Ulysses-themed deck of cards. Because it’s important to be prepared.

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“The Catechism of the Ithaca episode really helped me over there in Iraq.”

Phil Klay, Marine and veteran of the war in Iraq reading from ULYSSES at Bloomsday celebration in downtown Manhattan, 2012. He said that while in Iraq he would read the Proteus episode over and over again. He said it helped … Continue reading

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Bloomsday 2014

Emcee Colum McCann kept things running smoothly, no small feat with the amount of readers participating, Guinness in hand. Larry Kirwan, of Black 47, who’s been to every Bloomsday celebration at this venue since its inception (and I was at … Continue reading

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Happy Bloomsday From Your Hostess-Pirate

At any Bloomsday celebration, you will see yahoos wearing eye patches, in solidarity with the blind Stephen Dedalus in Ulysses, as well as with its mostly-blind creator, the great James Joyce. I own an eyepatch, because I am a douchebag. … Continue reading

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Ulysses Full House

“The pity is that the public will demand and find a moral in my book, or worse they may take it in some serious way, and on the honour of a gentleman, there is not one single serious word in … Continue reading

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The Books: Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays, ‘Joyce in Bloom’, by Christopher Hitchens

On the essays shelf: Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays Hitchens’ article, “Joyce in Bloom,” appeared in the June, 2004 issue of Vanity Fair. June, of course, is Bloomsday Month, an event I celebrate every year on my site … Continue reading

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