Happy Bloomsday!

The events that comprise James Joyce’s novel ULYSSES took place on June 16. Why aren’t we in Dublin today?

Another literary event

Today in 1816 Lord Byron and his house guests at the Villa Deodati (Percy and Mary Shelley, Claire Clairmont, and Dr. John Polidori) were bored. Ever the thoughtful host, the mad, bad, Lord Byron read a gothic tale to his friends and challenged each of them to write a ghost story of their own. The results? Lord Byron wrote “Darkness” (a poem), Dr. Polidori wrote THE VAMPIRE, and Ms. Shelley dashed off a little tale called FRANKENSTEIN.

I should be so bored.

Keeping things scary

Alfred Hitchcock’ terrifying film “Psycho” premiered in New York today in 1960. Showers have never been the same.

A couple of Kentucky notes

–          Louisville’s “Doctor of Dunk” Darrell Griffith was born today in 1958.

–          The lovely and historic town of Harrodsburg was founded today in 1774.

Didja ever wonder…

…where the word “pep” came from?

Probably not, I suspect.

Well, I did. It turns out that in the mid-19th century, people began to shorten the word “pepper” when they wanted to spice things up. It’s little corners of curiosity like this that keep things peppy around here.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Since I’m sure all of you have now raced to your bookshelves to begin reading ULYSSES for the 15th time, let’s make our daily refreshment a;

James Joyce Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Irish Whiskey

¾ oz. Sweet Vermouth

¾ oz. Cointreau Liqueur

½ oz. Lime Juice

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

“Gaze in your omphalos.”

Cheers!

Roger

6/16/2012.

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