Friday, June 17, 2011

Happy Bloomsday

Yep, Bloomsday.  June 16, the celebration of James Joyce's life and work.  It is the anniversary of his first date with mate/muse/common law wife Nora Barnacle who served as his inspiration for characters including Bertha in Exiles. You may assume I am a devotee of Joyce.  I'm not.  But the name "Barnacle Bertha" is something I remember being called, growing up, as a reference to a loud, brash woman of questionable morals. It was meant as an insult, but as a budding feminist, I considered it an honor.  A term that described a wild woman.  A reference to Joyce?  Who knew?

In the weird randomness of the online universe, OtterB received an email notification about Nora and Bloomsday because she signed up for notifications of updates to this blog.  Thanks for sharing OtterB :D

Wikipedia- Bloomsday
Remembering Nora Barnacle