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Sixteen Things to Do on Bloomsday

Looking for an alternative way to have fun this summer? Here's a little-known holiday I'd like to suggest to those bold enough to try: Bloomsday.

I know, you've never read James Joyce's Ulysses—you were lucky to get through Hamlet. But Bloomsday, on June 16, offers some unique, occasionally even mind-bending, celebratory rituals for the stout of heart. I won't even make you read the book to find them out.

Here are sixteen ways to join in the festivities.

Prepare a hearty breakfast of kidney for yourself, save some for the cat and feed your spouse in bed.

Read the newspaper while sitting in a port-a-john.

Respond to a personals ad. Encourage the party to believe you are someone other than who you are.

Purchase an erotic novel (written by an author whose name is a double-entendre).

Ogle naked statuary in a local museum.

Go to the library with a cake of lemon-scented soap in your back pocket.

If possible, attend a funeral with some friends. While en route to the cemetery, tell a story about a coffin falling out of a hearse.

Attempt to have lunch in a local eatery; don't let loud munching or querulous old-timers intrude upon your enjoyment of a grilled cheese sandwich and a glass of port wine.

Visit a newspaper office or sell an advertisement.

Visit an obstetrical hospital or a pregnant friend.

Arrange to have Italian language lessons given in your home by someone half your age.

Watch children playing on the beach. If possible, stay for fireworks.

Visit a brothel with some drunken medical students.


Stay up until at least 4 o'clock in the morning, discussing a wide range of topics (including astronomy) with a casual acquaintance for whom you have developed a strange affinity.

Go to sleep nestled like a spoon with your head at your mate's feet.

—by Daphne Frostchild

Posted June 12, 2004



About the Author

James Joyce was born in Dublin in 1882, and while he left Ireland for the Continent as a young man, he used Ireland as the setting for his short story collection, Dubliners, as well for his three novels, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916), Ulysses (1922) and Finnegans Wake (1939). Ulysses marked the semi-official beginning of the modernist movement, and while he never enjoyed financial stability, he was adored by many critics and forward-thinking writers. He died in Zurich in 1941.



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