EVERY WHERE, JUNE 16, 2011 — Bloomsday 2011 has dawned. Below are tales strange and true from our worldwide Brave Cast as they encounter for the first time a Bloomsday twittered.
A VERY DIFFICULT JOB
I’m writing from Terminal del Golfo in La Spezia where actually I’m working. I’m glad to have enjoyed this project with you all. It was a very difficult job to select six small fragments and give justice to the perfect literary style of Joyce, but it was great.
(Received 10:45pm EDT, 16 June 2011)
A DISTANT VOICE
From @sethmaril — So I told my students here in Tajikistan that today is Bloomsday and we took a picture in Bloom’s honor. I think they only understood it as some sort of obscure Irish holiday, but that’s ok. The moment was recognized. (11:38 am EDT June 16)
LOOKING FOR A HOME (?), WAYWARD BIRD CAUSES DISTURBANCE
@marcus_speh: a strange bird sat down on my copy of “ulysses” this morning. what am i to do? (9:24 am EDT, June 16)
WE SEE THE SCRIVENER AT WORK
Long gone the 1904 days of metal and ink, pressed paper and inkstained wretches. ‘Ulysses Meets Twitter’ words spread to the world from these @11ysses fingers in a humble rowhouse in Baltimore, Maryland. (6:45am June 16 EDT)
A BREAKFAST TABLE, iPAD, AND BLESSING
“Stately, paunchy @LawrnceSjohnson came from the breakfast table bearing an iPad, which he set beside the sink. He lathered the dishes, awaiting the initial wave of tweets. Introibo ad altare Joycei. JamesJoyceCentre gravely blessed the project. First burst loquacious, second telegraphic, interesting & delightful. Blissful Bloomsday begins.” (Received June 16, 3:33am EDT)
IT’S PUB TIME IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA!
Happy Bloomsday from not-so-sunny Sydney where it’s already time to go to the pub. — @harryfiddler
REMEMBRANCE OF A VOLUME WELL-WORN
@PopetteTweets’ photographic recollection of pages well studied, well loved.
A JOYCE NUT
Why didn’t anyone tell me that Bloomsday dawned first in the English-speaking in & around Australia?!? Brave Cast member @harryfiddler dashed off a note before “heading to Paddy Dignams’ funeral” about a press mention of our Twitter experiment in the Sydney Morning Herald on what for us Americans was late in the evening of June 15. Scroll down the story to the item titled “With a Day in the Life of Leopold Bloom.”