yes I said yes I will have a Guinness today
Since James Joyce had little tolerance for Dublin and lived the last 3 decades in exile, it seems fitting – and not entirely incongruous – that an SF launches its own Bloomsday celebrations today. Mixing two of its favorite preoccupations – literature and alcohol – several venues are pitching themselves as bloomin’ enablers. The Mechanics’ Institute promises “hilarity and ribaldry” with its Ulysses readings while The Exit Theatre offers a seemingly more traditional take, but with music as well. O’Reilly’s Pub in North Beach is bound to mark the occasion with some literary tavern flair (if the past is any indication). After hoisting several Guinness, most anyone will start babbling an incoherent stream of (semi) consciousness. But today you can pass that slurring off as “intellectual”! So, even if you can’t make it to an official event, locate your nearest Irish pub and offer a toast to Leopold and JJ.