though apparently, this year's famous joycean date is clouded in controversy. in dublin, due to a former prime minister's death, bloomsday has been cancelled.
now, i get the respectful intent, but cancelled? as david norris, a a joyce scholar from dublin, notes in the boston globe article,
You can’t cancel Bloomsday. That’s like saying you can cancel Monday or Tuesday.
too true, mr. norris. although joyce probably would've felt he had the necessary authority to cancel a tuesday or two himself, if the mood struck him.
at any rate, go have a drink for james joyce and leopold bloom today. i'm sure they'd both approve.