Latest Way To Celebrate Bloomsday: ‘Ulysses’ to Be Adapted on Twitter

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As if reading Ulysses the first time wasn’t painful enough.

For all those celebrating Bloomsday, June 16th is fast approaching and if you’re looking for the newest way to honor James Joyce’s experimental work, then Stephen from Baltimore‘s plan could be for you. This optimistic Joyce fan is launching “Ulysses Meets Twitter 2011” and wants your help to bring the book to Twitter by breaking it down in 140-character-sized chunks.

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The project will be the work of volunteers who have until May 30th to apply (love of Joyce and familiarity with Twitter required) and the selected volunteers’ Tweets will retell the story of Leopold Bloom on June 16th via @11ysses.

You might be wondering, why would anyone want to do this? Well, according to Stephen’s site: “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.”

While we can’t say for sure, we strongly suspect the former. (Kidding!)

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