Thursday, 17 June 2010

Happy Bloomsday Everybody

June 16th. The day of the events of James Joyce's Ulysses. For those of you unfamiliar with Joyce's masterpiece it's basically a less fascist, but just as pretentious version of 24. Like Jack Bauer, the central character Leopold Bloom, experiences time as a kind of solipsistic microcosm of the past, present, and future, where the weight of history renders everyday life as an epic, heroic struggle. Where 24 does this quite literaly with guns, bombs, hostage situations, deaths and tragedy, Ulysses on the other hand does it with literary allusion and high-modernism. Er, which is possibly why it's not quite the airport thriller it could've been.

Still, if you're keen to give it a go, some helpful geeks (ya gotta love the geeks) have now created a thick person/art director-friendly graphic novel version for you to point at and flick through.

You can even download it for your iPad. If you didn't already look enough of a knob .

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