Please vote here for your preferred alternative meeting time/place. The Tuesday at 6pm Celtic Knot option will still be available once I open the official registration lists. For now, I’m more interested in where/when you might be willing to meet if that time slot fills up. All of the options I list are for the same week of the regularly scheduled meetings (see the sidebar on the right side of this blog).
Remember, voting in this poll won’t register you for anything. It will just give me an idea about which 4-5 options to make available to you for registration. Thanks for your input and your patience!
I’m close to sorting out our options for potential days, times, and places. In the meantime, let me clarify something that might be a point of confusion: how we’re going to be split up. Although there will still be a group that meets at the Celtic Knot at 6pm on selected Tuesdays, there will be additional groups that meet during other days, times, and places. All of these official meetings will take place in the same week as the regularly scheduled dates you’ll find posted on this blog and on the meeting handouts. For example, throughout a meeting week, there might be an evening group that meets at the Library, a lunchtime group that meets at the Celtic Knot, and a morning group that meets at North Branch – all in addition to the 6pm Celtic Knot meeting.
Groups will be shaped based on who registers for a specific day/time/place. So, if you want to be in the same group as a friend, make sure you both register for the same day/time/place. Registration will be first-come, first-served. I’ll hash out all of these details when the time comes.
In a few days, I’ll post a poll to this blog. It will list days/times/places alternative to the 6pm Tuesday meeting. You will then select which alternative day/time/place works best for you (if any). Your response will help me determine which options are most popular. Participating in this poll will NOT register you for a particular group. That step will come later. Stay tuned for more info!
If you’re using a “corrected” edition of Ulysses, you might notice that unlike most of the rest of us, your book is actually divided into chapters and contains line numbers in the margins. These chapters (as long as you have 18 of them) correspond to the episodes noted in our reading schedule. If you’ve got one of these books, disregard the page ranges I included in the reading schedule. Please let me know if you run into issues like this, and I’ll post related information to the blog.
While you’re more than welcome to pick up a handout at the Reader’s Services Desk (second floor), I’ve uploaded the file to this post for those of you who’d like to print your own from home. It’s a Word 2003 document. I must warn you, however, that it might contain fonts you don’t have on your computer, so don’t be surprised if looks a little weird when you open it. You’ll find the same information on this blog in the Resources and Reading Schedule tabs at the top of the screen.
To all of you who attended tonight’s first meeting – thanks so much for coming! I appreciated your enthusiasm and your flexibility. If you weren’t able to make it, you should know we had more than a hundred people attend! Who would have believed it? Once we could no longer fit at the Celtic Knot, we had to move the event to the library, where we enjoyed an insightful lecture from Professor Christine Froula.
Check back soon for updates on how we’ll accommodate all of you. That will probably mean splitting the group, but I don’t have any details yet. If you didn’t get a handout/reading guide, stop by the second floor Reader’s Services Desk. I’ll have a stack of them there by the afternoon. I’ll also post Professor Froula’s book/audio/movie recommendations to the blog as soon as I can.
I hope you’re all encouraged by this positive response to Ulysses!
An article in yesterday’s New York Times highlighted an NYC tradition since 1981: Bloomsday on Broadway. Each year, a cast of actors and writers perform select scenes from Ulysses. This year’s cast includes Ira Glass, Stephen Colbert, and others. Read the full article about Bloomsday on Broadway and other unique Bloomsday traditions.
Just a few weeks ago, I heard about a great, new book tackling Ulysses and what it means to everyday people. I doubt I would have bothered to pick it up had it not been for the upcoming series, but I’m glad for the coincidence. Declan Kiberd’s Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Lifein Joyce’s Masterpiece is a refreshing and encouraging perspective on Joyce’s greatest novel. While I certainly won’t have time to read the whole thing at this point, I highly recommend picking it up and reading the first two chapters, “How Ulysses Didn’t Change Our Lives” and “How It Might Still Do So.” You should encounter some interesting thoughts about the importance of Ulysses in literature, who it’s meant for, and so much more. Below is an excerpt from a Publisher’s Weekly review found on Amazon.com.
The author of the important and controversial Inventing Ireland argues that it is time to reconnect Ulysses to the everyday lives of people and fetch it back from the more snobbish modernists, who have conspired to give the book a reputation of being unreadable by the ordinary people for whom it was intended. Kiberd places the book in its time—a world which had known for the first time the possibilities of mass literacy, a time when ordinary laborers read Shakespeare, Ruskin and Macaulay. Read the full review.