Bloomsday Celebrates a Masterpiece

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This cool block-long sculpture, commemorating the annual Bloomsday Run, (in May) follows the contours of the Riverfront Park in Spokane, WA. (Used with permission: Cannellfan/Flickrz)
This handmade idea journal was inspired by James Joyces Ulysses. (Used with permission: Ionracas/Flickrz)
This cool block-long sculpture, commemorating the annual Bloomsday Run, (in May) follows the contours of the Riverfront Park in Spokane, WA. (Used with permission: Cannellfan/Flickrz)

This cool block-long sculpture, commemorating the annual Bloomsday Run, (in May) follows the contours of the Riverfront Park in Spokane, WA. (Used with permission: Cannellfan/Flickrz)

Photo: Courtesy of Cannellfan/Flickrz

Yes! It's Bloomsday: the annual celebration of the literary masterpiece, Ulysses. Right this very minute there are Bloomsday festivals, crafting events, staged readings, look-alike contests and marathons in over sixty countries world-wide paying tribute to this novel account of one extraordinary day in the life of Leopold Bloom. It is amazing that this one book, Ulysses, by the great Irish author, James Joyce has inspired a global celebration of life. Well, that is until you read it, or part of it, or hear it read out loud. And today, Bloomsday, there are plenty of opportunities to do just those things. Die-hard Joycean fans and newbies to the literary genius of this great lion can check out Bloomsday sites to find out what is going on locally and join in the fun.

I'll admit that I am a hopelessly biased Irish-American and while I can't spend the whole Bloomsday curled up with my dogged-eared copy of Ulysses, I, at least, have to read Molly Bloom's soliloquy : one of the most beautiful, romantic and inspiring speeches to express the great embrace of life--the big YES! If you have a moment-- check it out-- this one monologue, from this one book, has served as the springboard for so many beautiful expressions of creativity and great works of art.

Here's to Bloomsday--I wish you an inspired one!

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