What were the mythic moments this day, June 16, held?
What’s the history of the words you spoke this morning over breakfast? What were are the ancient cultural patterns embedded in your simple actions of taking the kids to school this morning or dashing to meet a deadline today that have been repeated, in some form, over and over again for centuries?
Just how far back does the continuum of your small day go?
8 a.m., June 16, 1904, history teacher Stephen Daedalus set off on a day-long odyssey across Dublin. And so did Leopold Bloom. And so did Leo’s wife, Molly.
The day you could say was ordinary. Or you could say it was mythic. Or you could say that an ordinary day and a mythic day might be the same thing.
At least that’s what might be suggested in the novel that Stephen, Leo, and Molly inhabit – James Joyce’s Ulysses. The novel’s structure overtly and self-consciously parallels these three Dubliners’ day with the ten-year trek that the Greek hero Odysseus (named Ulysses in the Roman tradition) made on his way back from the Trojan War.
Three characters. One ordinary day. 30,030 words.
If you didn’t catch any of the Bloomsday celebrations happening worldwide, then I hope your day was every bit as mythic nonetheless.
What were your day’s three highlights? See any Lotus-Eaters or Cyclops? Share your day’s three top moments or sensations or thoughts, and let us know where you’re writing from.
See you in the woods,
The 3 Highlights Guy