Bloomsday Thoughts: Blasphemies, Monuments, Traditions

The nightingales are singing near The Convent of the Sacred Heart... —T. S. Eliot, "Sweeney among the Nightingales" Joyce was an apostate, renegade, heathen, exile, dissident, blasphemer—and so perhaps the most faithful way to celebrate Bloomsday would be to blaspheme Joyce. In his bracing 1988 essay, “Against Ulysses,” Leo Bersani does just that. Despite its venerably … Continue reading Bloomsday Thoughts: Blasphemies, Monuments, Traditions

Mina Loy’s Bloomsday

This follows from an earlier suggestion of mine to celebrate Bloomsday by quoting not only Ulysses, but also the works that Ulysses made possible. One of the more interesting contemporary comments on Ulysses is the poem dedicated to it, in 1922, by the modernist poet and futurist feminist Mina Loy: The Normal Monster sings in … Continue reading Mina Loy’s Bloomsday

On Bloomsday

Late in Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49, his heroine, Oedipa Maas, having stumbled upon the long transatlantic conspiracy of a Tory Anarchist underground postal service founded by a disinherited Spaniard and used by the plotters and by the dispossessed, wanders all night around San Francisco.  There she encounters evidence of the postal underground … Continue reading On Bloomsday