As you may know, today, June 16, is the anniversary (the 102nd anniversary, to be precise) of Bloomsday. As D.T. Max’s article in the current New Yorker explains, Bloomsday is “the date on which the events in James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ take place. There will be the customary commemorative celebrations surrounding Leopold Bloom’s famous walk through Dublin: public readings and festivals in cities around the world, including Dublin, New York, Berlin, Paris, St. Petersburg, and Melbourne. In Budapest, two hundred or so academics will convene a Joyce symposium–the twentieth to be held on Bloomsday.”
Alas, all is not golden and celebratory. Read the New Yorker article to find out why.