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Bloomsday is celebrated on June 16, to commemorate the day depicted in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The novel follows the actions and interior thoughts of Leopold Bloom (and others) from 8am Thursday 16 June 1904, through to the wee hours of the next morning.
While in this tough week, “Love” is indeed the sentiment to promote, the two things I remember most about requiredly-reading Ulysses (twice) in college were:
- Leopold Bloom eating kidneys and tasting urine (!) and…
- The breathless, capitulating soliloquy from Molly Bloom that ended the novel:
“…and yes I said yes I will Yes.”
Sigh. Happy Bloomsday.
Book Publishing Fun Fact: Food writer and memoirist Ruth Reichl’s dad, Ernst Reichl, designed the first American edition of Ulysses — the one Marilyn is reading and also pictured below…