On June 16, 1904, a cuckolded advertising salesman named Leopold Bloom wandered the streets of Dublin, unwittingly acting out Odysseus’s journey home. Nowadays, on Bloomsday, we gather to honor Bloom and the great epic novel in which he appears, James Joyce’s Ulysses.
But Bloom is also a Jew, and Tablet Magazine intends not to let people forget that. So we are excited to invite you to our second annual “The Bloom in Bloomsday” celebration. This year, at the Housing Works Bookstore in Manhattan, we will be joined by novelists Joshua Cohen and Deb Olin Unferth; Bambi Kino, a band comprising members of Nada Surf, Guided by Voices, Cat Power, and Maplewood; and the New Yiddish Repertory Theater for reading, music, and performances centered around that “allroundman” Bloom.
The event is Thursday, June 16th, at 7 pm, at Housing Works Bookstore in Soho. Admission is free, alcohol is cheap (with proceeds going to the wonderful Housing Works charity), and the uninitiated will be treated to a 15-minute pageant in which the entire 600-page novel is narrated and acted out before their very eyes.
It’s going to be a great time. Let’s claim Bloom for his people!