Tom O’Carroll’s Childhood Bloomsdays and Sandymount Strand

Our friend, musical Tom O’Carroll, was first planted and sprouted on the sacred sands of Sandymount Strand. Says Tom, “I was born in a flat in a Regency period house and across from us in  Sandymount Green lived the painter Jack Yeates in his castellated house. ’Twas a nice place to grow up in.” HisContinue reading “Tom O’Carroll’s Childhood Bloomsdays and Sandymount Strand”

Dr. Aguinaldo Severino’s Bloomsday Tale of Two Cities (in Portuguese and English)

Comecei a ler “Ulysses” no início dos anos 1980, quando vivia em São Paulo, a maior cidade da América Latina. O ano eraodo centenário do aniversário de Joyce, 1982. Estava eu no início de minha graduação(sou físico de formação). A bem da verdade demorei um bom tempo para terminar de ler. Foisó no final deContinue reading “Dr. Aguinaldo Severino’s Bloomsday Tale of Two Cities (in Portuguese and English)”

Alessandra Estreet Di Sante’s Bloomsday Prayer (Doubly Sanctified in Italian and English)

Il mio Bloomsday Come sarà il mio Bloomsday dei cento anni? Sarà in solitudine, come una preghiera di ringraziamento Sarà un giorno di riflessione sulla possibile perfezione dell’uomo nell’ imperfezione di Bloom Sarà una richiesta di perdono per tutto ciò che di brutto ho letto in questi anni Sarà l’inizio di una guida per riconoscereContinue reading “Alessandra Estreet Di Sante’s Bloomsday Prayer (Doubly Sanctified in Italian and English)”

Lucilla Micacchi’s Bloomsday Wish: “This Year in Dublin!”

[You might have noted that two of the Bloomsday Memories have reported about events at Irish embassies, one in Tel Aviv and another in Athens. This trend of attending official International events emerged here in 2021when Lucilla Micacchi followed up her contribution to your “Where Has Your Copy of Ulysses Been?” display      Continue reading “Lucilla Micacchi’s Bloomsday Wish: “This Year in Dublin!””

Not a Review of Daniel Mulhall’s Ulysses: A Reader’s Odyssey

The tab you landed on says, “Reviews of Books, Articles, etc.” but this could not be a review because I have only read thirty-eight pages of the book; it must be an “etc.” I recently updated the notes for the Hades episode that you could also find on this site, but that was completed withoutContinue reading “Not a Review of Daniel Mulhall’s Ulysses: A Reader’s Odyssey”

Virag’s Suicide: Tears Bloom

6 Not apple-trees were there, but thorns with poison. 7 Such tangled thickets have not, nor so dense,  8 Those savage wild beasts, that in hatred hold  9 ‘Twixt Cecina and Corneto the tilled places. (Longfellow, canto xiii)   In Dante’s Inferno, the poet gives his greatest attention to suicides who are violent due toContinue reading “Virag’s Suicide: Tears Bloom”

Dr. Barry Devine’s Magical Bloomsian Spuds

Bloomsday Memory Barry Devine Heidelberg University There is one particular Bloomsday experience I will never forget. Just after completing my dissertation at the University of Miami, a local Irish cultural group invited me to speak at their2015 Bloomsday celebration. The schedule of events was a short reading from the organizers, my presentation, and then we formed aContinue reading “Dr. Barry Devine’s Magical Bloomsian Spuds”

A Review of Tímea Mészáros and Dirk Vanderbeke’s “The flow of time….”

A circle Did you imagine that? Without words, I suppose. Does the circle have a size? An empty interior? Just a ring of chalk line? Is it a ring of unbroken ink? How many dimensions does the circle employ? Two, three, more? How many words did you use to imagine that circle? The Fall 2021Continue reading “A Review of Tímea Mészáros and Dirk Vanderbeke’s “The flow of time….””

Guides through the Afterlife in The Divine Comedy and Ulysses

James Joyce acknowledged his debt to Dante (The Divine Comedy) when crafting Ulysses. The two masterpieces and the Odyssey and Aeneid that preceded them, each include the device of a guide (or guides through the afterlife). In Inferno, that guide is Virgil; in Ulysses, Mr. Leopold Bloom mentors the underripe Stephen Dedalus. Over the comingContinue reading “Guides through the Afterlife in The Divine Comedy and Ulysses”