Joyce, Twitter. Twitter, Joyce.
By Celeste Ng
This is not an attempt to tweet mindlessly the entire contents of Ulysses, word-for-word, 140 characters at a time. That would be dull and impossible. What is proposed here is a recasting or a reimagining of the reading experience of this novel, start to finish, within the confines of a day-long series of tweets from a global volunteer army of Joyce-sodden tweeps.
Can you imagine such a thing? Would it be horrific, a train wreck? Or would it be beatific? Who knows. Hence this experiment.
The experiment will be shaped thusly. The @11ysses Twitter account is the stage for this “tweading” of Ulysses. The Bloomsday tweaders are you, anyone in the world who would like to volunteer to take a section of the novel and condense/congeal/cajole it into a string of 4-6 tweets that will be broadcast as a quick burst on @11ysses. “Bloomsday bursts” will be posted every quarter hour starting at 8 o’clock in the morning (Dublin time) on 16 June and continue for the next 24 hours.
Reading this post after Bloomsday? No worries; you can still enjoy some Joyce thanks to Kate Bush. The eccentric singer has been given permission by the Joyce estate to transform Molly Bloom’s famous soliloquy into a song, “Flower of the Mountain.” Here’s a clip: