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Bloomsday Atwitter

By Harriet Staff

The New York Times ArtsBeat points us to Twitter today for a happy Bloomsday, where readers of Joyce’s Ulysses can be found typing out the opus steadily all day:

“—Warily walking went Bloom, unconquered hero. Jingle a tinkle jaunted. Not yet. At four. What is he doing at the Ormond? Let’s hear the time.” The words may not be exactly Joycean, but they’re pretty close for 140 characters. At approximately 10:45 a.m. Eastern time this entry was the latest added to @11ysses twitter account. It’s part of the marathon project, known as “Ulysses Meets Twitter 2011,” conceived by “Stephen from Baltimore,” which invited readers of “Ulysses” to retell the great, lengthy work through tweets from start to finish within the 24-hour period that the novel’s odyssey through Dublin (on June 16, 1904) takes place.

Steve is spending today making sure the story of Stephen Dedalus develops on time. In an e-mail he wrote: “My job as ringleader was to get the Cast on stage on time, and that is happening nicely so far (as long as my home wireless doesn’t give out). I still have many more hours of cut & pasting ahead of me. So my Bloomsday will be spent largely chained to this laptop.”

Wonder if Stephen from Baltimore (clearly got a conceptual bent, that one) has seen Vanessa Place’s GWTW Twitter project? This seems a version both extended and compressed!

Posted in Poetry News on Thursday, June 16th, 2011 by Harriet Staff.