Monday, June 16, 2014

Atticus Finch Is Father's Day champ; Joyce's Bloomsday

Gregory Peck in the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird.
Harper Lee's principled and compassionate hero Atticus Finch topped both Mental Floss's "Best Parents in Literature" list and the Christian Science Monitor's "15 books with memorable dads for Father's Day" list last weekend. Don't miss our 50th-anniversary edition of To Kill a Mockingbird, which is selling out fast. Read more Daily Glean coverage here on why Lee's only novel is so enduringly popular.
James Joyce by Berenice Abbott. Paris, 1926
Most modern lit mavens will be aware of the significance of June 16: often called "Bloomsday" after the book's hero Leopold Bloom, it marks the date on which Ulysses by James Joyce is set. In addition, it commemorates the date on which Joyce first walked out with his future wife, Nora Barnacle. Some hardy folks get together to read the entire opus; others make pilgrimages around Dublin to spots visited in the novel by Bloom, his wife Molly, and Stephen Daedalus. According to The Guardian, "Every year hundreds of Dubliners dress as characters from the book ... as if to assert their willingness to become one with the text. It is quite impossible to imagine any other masterpiece of modernism having quite such an effect on the life of a city." Read more Daily Glean background on Bloomsday here, and hear a recording of Molly Bloom's famous final soliloquy. Also, have you read the Memoirs of writer Italo Svevo, a friend of Joyce and some say a model for Leopold Bloom?
Above left: illustration from a 1998 edition of Ulysses by Mimmo Paladino.


  1. Ahh the gold ol' moral compass that is Atticus Finch. I almost named my cat Atticus, I ended up going with Henry, but Atticus was my second choice.

  2. "Bloomsday" sounds like a wonderful event. I wonder if one day I might be able to attend.