Reconstructing James Joyce's Dublin During Bloomstime, Ireland
Join the roving lit geeks who flock to Dublin every year to take Joyce up on his dare when he said about Ulysses: "I want to give a picture of Dublin so complete that if the city suddenly disappeared from the earth it could be reconstructed out of my book." The thriving and modern Dublin does need some work to get back to the Joycean grotesque proportions of that single day in 1904 when the real-life Joyce had his first date with his future wife, Nora. The week leading up to June 16 is filled with events, readings, walks, and pub crawls traversing the city. Do it as Leopold Bloom and company did—take the long way: from the Martello tower (now a museum) to Davy Byrne's Pub to a picnic in the Furry Glen of Phoenix Park. Bring a notebook, because when you set off to recreate a fictional universe you may just end up writing your own story.