Translating Ulysses into Twitter

A Bloomsday project calls on James Joyce fans to translate Ulysses into Twitter-native text that will then be tweeted at 15-minute intervals through June 16. Just no one tell Stephen Joyce, the notoriously litigious Joyce heir who has previously threatened to sue pubs for allowing readings of Ulysses on Bloomsday:
This is not an attempt to tweet mindlessly the entire contents of Ulysses, word-for-word, 140 characters at a time. That would be dull and impossible. 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. Hence this experiment.

The experiment will be shaped thusly. The @11ysses Twitter account is the stage for this "tweading" of Ulysses. The Bloomsday tweaders are you, anyone in the world who would like to volunteer to take a section of the novel and condense/congeal/cajole it into a string of 4-6 tweets that will be broadcast as a quick burst on @11ysses. "Bloomsday bursts" will be posted every quarter hour starting at 8 o'clock in the morning (Dublin time) on 16 June and continue for the next 24 hours.

A Master Plan (Version 2.0) (via MeFi)



  1. Stly, plmp Bck Mllgn cme frm th strhd, barng a bwl of lthr on whch a mrror nd a rzr ly crssed. #Ulyss

  2. that one is all y’all..
    but if everyone wants to collective sock-puppet a hemingway facebook account… lemme know.

  3. Tell the troll. Explain to him that copyright gives him the ability to play these games for life+70 years. Since Joyce died 70 years, 4 months and 13 days ago, all his wordz are belong to us.

  4. Preferring a “tweading” on Twitter to a reading in a pub does strike me as horrific.

  5. seventy years from now, books written in standard english will be as remote and distant to readers as olde english, shakespeare, chaucer is to the average reader today.

    the word “though” will look strange and antique, as will the word “antique”

    english will be all abreviations.

    “Tweet” will replace standard english. But what will replace tweet?


    1. Why?

      If you have to ask, you’ll never understand…

      I’m just kidding; I have no idea why. Some people collect rare coins, some twits tweed Joyce. Go figure.

      I kinda liked Finnegans Wake and Ulysses, but I couldn’t even finish the self-indulgent bitterfest that is A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, no matter how stylistically clever the writing.

      To each their own.

Comments are closed.