Bloomsday 2012: LA ways to celebrate James Joyce

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James Joyce fans rejoice: Today is Bloomsday, the annual holiday dedicated to "Ulysses," one of the author's most celebrated books. Here are some ways to honor the novel's protagonist, Leopold Bloom, around the city.

The Hammer Museum begins a night of Joyce-related festivities starting with a 4 p.m. open reading of the novel and following with two sessions of live Irish music and Guinness happy hours.

The L.A. Weekly suggests indulging in an offal meal to mirror the story, which follows Bloom as he goes about his day on June 16, 1904, opening with a description of the character's breakfast:

"He liked thick giblet soup, nutty gizzards, a stuffed roast heart, liverslices fried with crustcrumbs, fried hencods' roes. Most of all he liked grilled mutton kidneys which gave to his palate a fine tang of faintly scented urine."

The ambitious can join others at Machine Project for a "Ulysses" silent read-a-thon. Literary buffs will attempt to speed read the several hundred page novel, one chapter each hour.

And for those looking to relax on this holiday, The Los Angeles Times rediscovered a recording of James Joyce reading from his own writing, via Boing Boing.

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