So, you (that’s a general You) may or may not be aware (I’m guessing not) that I studied American modernism for my Master’s degree (particularly the works of William Faulkner). During that time I also dove headfirst into the works of James Joyce, especially his mega-tome Ulysses. Because of this, I’ve always wanted to take part in Bloomsday in some capacity, an annual commemoration of Joyce and Ulysses, but until now haven’t been able to. UNTIL NOW, I said! WEE!
I’m excited to be part of the @11ysses Experiment. What is it, you may ask? Basically, the brainchild of “Stephen of Baltimore”, the idea is to Tweet the entirety of the gargantuan novel in 96 segments by a cast of many (myself included), creating “Bloomsday Bursts” of the text rewritten to fit the criteria of Twitter. Got it?
The idea is to bring the prolific work into the modern age, and, personally, I think this is a wonderful way to celebrate the novel while also
And don’t think this is just some random fun (yes, this is what us literary-types do for fun). This has garnered a lot of attention, having been mentioned by The New York Times and Salon, among others.
If you have Twitter, follow @11ysses and enjoy the fun on June 16th. For more information, check out the official site here.
Literary fun! Go team!