James Joyce's Ulysses is as controversial as it is long. Joyce and his famously censored, 265,000-word stream-of-consciousness novel has attracted almost a century's worth of attention from avid readers, critics and literary historians across the world, including Boise.
Which is why The Cabin literary center is teaming up with The Flicks to screen a new documentary, In Bed With Ulysses--a deconstruction of the much-debated work and its modernist writer--Sunday, June 16, at 5 p.m.
"The film is a Bloomsday celebration of James Joyce," said Carole Skinner, Flicks owner and self-professed Joyce enthusiast. "The mythology that surrounds Joyce makes him a literary icon on the cutting edge of modernist writing."
In honor of Bloomsday--the 109th anniversary the day Ulysses' fictional protagonist Leopold Bloom went about an "average" day in Dublin--The Cabin will also present a post-screening discussion with Boise State University English Professor Cheryl Hindrichs.
"I plan to offer some thoughts on reading Ulysses for the first time--what it's like, how to do it--and I'll also discuss what makes Joyce's work important for today's readers," she said.
Hindrichs, a former graduate associate for the International James Joyce Foundation, insists that Ulysses is "the consummate city-walking novel."
"There are more connections between the Dublin of 1904 and the Boise of 2013 than you might suppose," she said.