On Attempting Ulysses Once More

Yesterday, a package arrived in the mail.

It was the Dover edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses, a reproduction of the original 1922 printing by Sylvia Beach for Shakespeare & Company.

Like many people, I have started Ulysses. Like many people, I’ve never finished Ulysses.

I tweeted last night about the book’s arrival, and in the hours that followed I picked up two new Twitter followers.

One, 11ysses, intends, as explained on their website, to tweet Ulysses on June 16th (a significant date because it is Bloomsday), not in a literal sense but as Ulysses would be experienced on Twitter.

Frank Delaney's re:Joyce podcastThe other Twitter follower I picked up was the novelist Frank Delaney. I read Delaney’s novel Ireland, not long after I bought my Beetle come to think of it, when I still lived in North Carolina, and I remember liking it quite a bit. Delaney has a podcast series on Ulysses, “Re:Joyce,” and at work this afternoon I listened to the introductory episode. I added the podcast’s RSS feed to my RSS reader, and it’s also available through iTunes.

Thus armed — a new copy of the book and a podcast, too — I’m ready for Ulysses. It will be in my bag, and I will read it on the morning and evening train.

As I said, I’ve started and not-finished Ulysses before. I can’t guarantee I’ll finish it this time, either.

But Bloomsday is in less than a month, and I’m bloody well going to try. :cheers:

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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