Saturday, June 16, 2012

Forest Grove Bloomsday Festival 2012: the 90th anniversary of the publication of "Ulysses"

[Marilyn Monroe reading Molly Bloom's great feminist soliloquy
in Ulysses.]

The program for the Forest Grove Bloomsday Festival 2012 appears below.  We are especially honored that this year's invocation will be offered by a special last-minute guest: the formidable Molly Bloom herself. Late this afternoon Ms Bloom replied via email to our invitation, sent in March, with an unequivocal: "...yes I said yes I will Yes."


12:00-2:00:  Honored guest Ms. Molly Bloom, with selected readings on Moorish walls and mountain flowers (from "Ulysses").

1:00-5:00 p.m.:  Keynote address by Nationalgymnasiummuseumsanatoriumandsuspensoriumsordinaryprivatdocentgeneralhistoryspecialprofessordoctor Kriegfried Ueberallgemein

6:30-9:30 p.m.:  International panel discussion on "The Nameless Barbarity which we have been called upon to witness"  Panelists include:
Hiram Y. Bomboost
Countess Marha Virdga Kisászony Putrápesthi
Commendatore Bacibaci Beninobenone
Monsieur Pierrepaul Petitépatant
Grandjoker Vladinmire Pokethankertscheff
Archjoker Leopold Rudolph von Schwanzenbad-Hodenthaler
 10:00-11:00 p.m.: Readings from "Ulysses" by:
Count Athanatos Karamelopulos
Goosepond Prhklstr Kratchinabritchisitch,
Herr Hurhausdirektorprasident Hans Chuechli-Steuerli
11:00 p.m.-3:00 a.m.:  Dramatic reenactments by:
Olaf Kobberkeddelsen
Goosepond Prhklstr Kratchinabritchisitch
Señor Hidalgo Caballero Don Pecadillo y Palabras y Paternoster de la Malora de la Malaria
Mynheer Trik van Trumps
Pan Poleaxe Paddyrisky 
3:00 a.m.-4:00 a.m.:  Dissertion by Stephen Dedalus entitled "I fear those big words that make us so unhappy."

4:00 a.m.-5:00 a.m.:  Concluding remarks by Leopold Bloom on the following theme: "I was blue mouldy for the want of that pint."

5:00 a.m.-noon:  Traditional Irish breakfast (by special request of Leopold Bloom), including the inner organs of beasts and fowls with thick giblet soup, nutty gizzards, a stuffed roast heart, liverslices fried with crustcrumbs, fried hencods' roes and grilled mutton kidneys which give to the palate a fine tang of faintly scented urine.

Security provided by Constable MacFadden of Booterstown.

Location:  Uncertain as of this writing due to the arbitrary denial of the required permits.


This slideshow, first posted in 2009, is Runes' tribute to James Joyce, with kora accompaniment by the great Toumani Diabaté of Mali. (You may need to pause the show to read some of the longer text entries.)

Happy Bloomsday 2012!

[Note:  All persons named above are either major or minor characters in Ulysses.]


Anonymous said...

Wonderful tribute to Joyce! The music works perfectly. Who is that guy in the baseball cap?

M.J. O'Brien said...

Scholars have concluded that the man in the baseball cap is Blazes Boylan, a "special friend" of Molly Bloom for many years (and nemesis of Leopold).