Posted on June 15, 2019 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Happy Bloomsday Eve!

June 16 — tomorrow — has been dubbed Bloomsday by James Joyce fans because it's the day on which James Joyce’s novel takes place, for those of you who haven’t read it. 

(We’re not judging — you’re in good company. Ernest Hemingway barely cracked it open; Harlan Coben has, unapologetically, not picked it upLaura Lippman hasn’t gone past the second page, and Jonathan Ames flat-out hasn’t touched it.)

But among those who declare they’ve read it and loved it are several politicians in the spotlight, including UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Democratic presidential-nominee hopefuls Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Beto O’Rourke.

Naturally, the Guardian opted to talk to Corbyn about Joyce’s epic novel and its significance in literature, politics, and Corbyn’s own life.

You can also listen to Joyce himself read passages from Ulysses and read about efforts to save Sweny's Pharmacy, which not only appears in Ulysses but also still stands today.

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