…celebrating the travels of Leopold Bloom through Dublin on June 16, 1904.
Here is what Wikipedia has to say about Bloomsday. I didn’t know that the manuscript of Ulysses resided in Philadelphia. Here is a page from the Circe episode:
Speaking of revisions, Joyce did his share. I remember seeing a page from the manuscript of Finnegan’s Wake at the British Library, and every single word on it was crossed out.
Here is a great reading of the final lines of Molly Bloom’s soliloquy. In it, Joyce probably breaks every rule of good writing. And it doesn’t matter; fiction doesn’t get any better than this:
I tried reading Ulysses once. Honest I did. I couldn’t get past the first chapter. Not my favorite.
You need to try harder.
By the way, studies have shown that the main reason people retire nowadays is so they’ll have more time to read Ulysses.