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[Originally posted in March 2021.]
The James Joyce Reading Circle targets a readership of about 400. That is the optimum size for a community. This is not done to be elitist but to try to actually know something about those we are trying to serve. That’s a typical size for an Amish community but not for a following on social media.
Recently we invited readers to submit photos of their beloved volumes of Ulysses in typical local settings. Considering the small size of our circle and that a commercial venture would be thrilled with a response rate of 2%, I confess to badgering a few of you into participation, but not muchlicense was taken in posting and counting generally unique submissions of Ulysses. The response has been gratifying and global. Here is a summary of your responses.
The exercise seems to have run its course. If new submissions are received, I’ll post those and share on social media. You seemed to enjoy the exercise and many of you went to some lengths to participate. I certainly have enjoyed witnessing the results. There are a few interesting stories revealed in the collection that should be shared one day with the permission of the individuals involved, so you may hear more about these.
What’s next? If there is any interest, we might begin to think about collecting photos of the Second Annual Bloomsday under Lockdown. How will you share a chicken kidney in private celebration (or perhaps just some Gorganzola and a glass of Burgandy, or a cup of Eucharistic instant cocoa)? ~don 25 Mar ’27
Portuguese and English
“Fuel for the intellect’s fire.”
“Two Junior Joyceans”
An edition Sallies into the Garden
From the Martello Tower, The Burren, Limerick, and Cork
Mario Biondi’s Translation
Where the Gallery began.
Honoring a legacy like Bloom’s to Stephen
The traveling BloomBook and collection
Spreadsheet current as of 14 November 2021
You and I might have carried our copies of Ulysses to coffee bars, on trams, even secretly into boring meetings when these venues were available to us. Ulysses always went on vacation with me physically or digitally. Unlike less important accouterments, like my keys, I always know where Ulysses is. Today we began collecting photos of Ulysses wherever it might wander. The tome will be seen in locations homey, coruscating, and exotic (oops, that’s the wrong book). Join us by posting a photo of your Ulysses as a comment here or message a pic to me on Facebook or Twitter.
and with a bit of digital legerdemain…
“Bloom Cure” tunes a quartet of copies in Mexico City.
5 thoughts on “(WH) Where Has Your Copy of Ulysses Been?”
Great pics, locations, and editions!
Thank you, Mary. Not to my credit. How goes your writing? Best, Don
Is it too late to share photos of my 15 different Ulysses and 40 books about Ulysses? Where can I send pics?
If you have your library in a bookcase or on a shelf, send a photo of that. Many readers you may have seen, posted pictures in typical or recognizable settings. There is a favorite of mine near Montreal with Ulysses resting on a woodpile. Be ferocious in your creativity but please only send one or two photos. You should be able to post the pics directly as a Comment here or if you prefer DM me on FaceBook at Don DWard I’ll accept your friend request immediately. Regards, Don
Hi Jamie: I attempted to reply through Meet-Up and received a rejection notification. I assume you did not get the message I sent about my FB contact who was looking for a Ulysses Reading Group. Wandering Rocks couldn’t work for him. He’s been reading with the Sweny’s Pharmacy folks in Dublin and decided to stay with that. “Oh, Rocks!” you say? Have a good day. Don
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