John King hosts Bloomsday celebration at Urban ReThink
Saturday, June 16 â€“ Bloomsday
625 E. Central Blvd.
$5 suggested donation
Sometimes dubbed â€śSt. Patrickâ€™s day for intellectuals,â€ť Bloomsday is a long-standing tradition of James Joyce fans, Irish or otherwise. For more than a century now, readers in love with Joyceâ€™s legendary, erudite, impenetrably dense and shot-glass-thick text, Ulysses â€“ or maybe just smug about having made it all the way through â€“ have been making protagonist Leopold Bloomâ€™s blowzy pilgrimage a day of annual meeting. Urban ReThinkâ€™s edition of Bloomsday, hosted by John King and to be recorded as the second episode of his podcast on writing, â€śThe Drunken Odyssey,â€ť features readings by local literary types (including, because why not, a 6-foot-tall puppet named Godrick the Giant) â€“ attendees are invited to read as well â€“ and a feast of vaguely Irish-American food (corned beef and cabbage, etc.) served with Guinness Extra Stout, aka Irish motherâ€™s milk. Fear not the Guinness: Joyce is as easy to parse drunk as sober, and maybe more fun drunk. â€“ Rob Boylan