Oh, Niles. Never change. Well, you can't change, since the show is over.
For those of you out there who are all WTHHC (what the holy house cat, obvs) is she talking about, I SHALL HOLD FORTH:
James Joyce's Epic Work That Is Actually A Bit Decipherable (GO SIT IN A CORNER, Finnegan's Wake, WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT YOU) is Ulysses, a modernist retelling of The Odyssey. Ulysses all takes place in one day, June 16th, 1904. It's a sort of stream-of-consciousness...odyssey...of the main character Leopold Bloom through Dublin. Ergo, nerds the world over have knighted June 16th of each year as Bloomsday.
What happens on Bloomsday, you might ask? Drinking! AndalsoreadingofUlyssesbutIsuspectitsmostly drinking! For serious, some people read the whole book today. Those people are the Platonic ideal of readerly gusto. I am a lazy person who has to work today. With those powers combined, I will celebrate by gathering resources and maybe reading the first chapter. For those who want to do a serious readalong today, check out these goings on from o at delaisse.
WHAT RESOURCES, you ask? Or maybe you don't ask. Whatever. Fine.
The New Bloomsday Book: A Guide Through Ulysses by Harry Blamires. This is a chapter-by chapter breakdown of the book, with a little bit of literary criticism thrown in. It's mostly a line-by-line summary and commentary. This is what I'll turn to if I don't know what the eff is going on.
Ulysses: Annotated by Don Gifford and Robert J. Seidman. This is essentially a word-by-word annotation/close reading of the book. This is what I'll use when I can't remember what effing Homeric reference is being used, or what language he's speaking (IS THAT LATIN ON THE FIRST PAGE ZOMYLORD).
So yeah. I am PREPARED. I don't usually PREPARE this much, but I also don't usually read 700+ page modernist epics. So. I'm sure this one will take me awhile (apparently this is the Year Of Reading Books That Take Forever Because They Require The Brain Piece), so I'll be giving periodic updates.
Anyone else reading along with o, or doing your own Joycean thing today (drinking/reading/readingwhiledrinking)?