Were you one of the few thousand who followed the @11ysses Twittering of James Joyce’s Ulysses on Bloomsday this year? Did our relentless day-long stream of tweets on June 16 leave an impression that you’d like to talk about?
We have been approached by an online publication in London to reflect back on this “Ulysses Meets Twitter” experiment for their January 2012 issue commemorating Ulysses. I’d like to assemble a group of 4 or 5 people to discuss their reactions to experiencing Ulysses in this odd way. The discussion will be conducted via email (or maybe Twitter) and then edited for publication.
If you are interested in being a part of this discussion, please post a Comment to this blog post. Tell us a little about yourself and your Bloomsday experience with @11ysses, and include your Twitter name.
Let us hear from you by Saturday, October 22!
Yes, yes, yes, I said Yes. This is the last (5th) installment of The Twittering of Ulysses (by James Joyce). An experiment conducted on Bloomsday, 16 June 2011.
Attached here for your reading enjoyment is the 4th installment in our 5-part Twitterfication of James Joyce’s Ulysses, an act of social media committed on June 16, 2011, rendered herewith in glorious PDF.
In this episode, newsboys shout, time’s livid final flame leaps in, bats ding, and Bloom stands guard.
Previous installments are blogged below.
We hope you have enjoyed the previous installments of this Bloomsday experiment, rendered in glorious PDF. Here is Part the Third (of Five). Things get out of hand (hand in pocket?) in this installment, as Women take center stage: on the beach, in hospital, and in the fevered dream of Nighttown.
What bit is your favorite of this Twitter rendering of James Joyce’s Ulysses?
For your continuing reading enjoyment, we present here the second part of our serialized re-telling of the Bloomsday 2011 Twitter experiment, once again downloadable in glorious PDF for your convenience and portability.
In this installment things begin by looking U.P., but conclude on the very different notes of Force, Hatred, and History for our persecuted hero Mr. Bloom.
Beginning with this post, we present for your re-reading pleasure a serialized version of the entire Twitter reimagining of James Joyce’s Ulysses, which was first presented to the world on 16 June 2011 — Bloomsday.
The tweets are organized into numbered sections, from start to finish of the novel. A key to the sections can be found on “The Script” page of this blog. The writers of these tweets can be found, collectively, on “The Brave Cast” page.
For your convenience and portability, we present this Twitter outflow in PDF format, suitable for printing. And, herewith, Part1.
Inquisitive Joyce tweeps may have noticed that Twitter is populated with several of the characters from Ulysses. In attempting to assemble a cast for this 2011 Bloomsday experiment, such long-dead Dublin tweeps as @BuckMulligan, @StephenDedalus, @BlazesBoylan, and @LeopoldBloom appeared and still appear seemingly alive on Twitter. Their proclamations are disjointed and for some reason are all uttered on 16 June of various recent years.
A bit of online digging uncovered the origins of these strangely dormant tweeps. They were cast members in a Bloomsday Twitter performance of the “Wandering Rocks” chapter of Ulysses orchestrated by Georgia Tech professor/videogame researcher Ian Bogost and friend Ian McCarthy. The performance garnered considerable media attention in 2009.
According to Bogost’s blog on the project, “We took Wandering Rocks and adapted it into a large series of 140-character or less utterances in the first person. We organized and timed these and built a database for them. We registered key characters in the novel as users on Twitter. Then we wrote some software to automate the performance of Wandering Rocks on Twitter, so basically we just turn it on and it runs.” [To see what Bogost is up to now, visit his blog or @ibogost.]
So our “Ulysses Meets Twitter” @11ysses Bloomsday experiment is not without historical precedent. But has anyone else attempted to use Twitter to recast the entire novel through the hearts-imaginations-souls of a living-breathing multinational cast? Be part of it! Sign up by 28 May 2011.
@11ysses will be the stage for the day-long tweading of Ulysses starting at 8 in the morning (Dublin time) on Thursday 16 June 2011.
Before Bloomsday, we’ll be bringing you info on Bloomsday celebrations big & small around the world.
Bloomsday, 16 June 2012. James Joyce’s Ulysses has been in print for 90 years. It is now copyright-free in Europe. What better time for a global celebration of Ulysses that uses the sprawling social multimedia universe to bring Bloomsday from Dublin to the world and from the world to Dublin? Can new media be used to dive deeper into The Heart of the Joycean Juggernaut than ever before?
Sure it can, but how? Let’s hear your ideas. Post comments here and/or @2lysses, and let’s get this collective show on the road!
Earlier this week a Ulysses-watchful friend tipped me off to a growing Twitter thread having to do with something called #occupyulysses. I wondered: How can you stage a mass demonstration inside a novel? A few quick Tweets later and the mystery was at least semi-solved.
It appears that one or more followers of The Atlantic’s #1book140 book club, which selects and reads 1book over the course of a month, were miffed that their suggestion of James Joyce’s Ulysses was rebuffed. Undeterred, one (or more) of the Joyceans declared a splinter faction to attack the novel. Hence #occupyulysses or #ou140, for short. It seems that a three-month duration has been decided as the target reading time — wise given the Herculean challenge that is Ulysses.
This blog has rallied to support the nascent effort and will offer all manner of online support & encouragement. We hope all you Ulysses veterans out there will support these Ulysses virgins with comments posted here.
We hope to post weekly progress reports here (if received from the collective #Occupyulyssians). Feel free to send updates to email@example.com.
Onward, Brave Ulysses Readers!