Bloom Tweets

This is a literary experiment: today, 16th of june, is Bloom's day, let's retweet Ulysses from Joyce together! You can find more details about how it works in the about page.

Written hastily by @chanezon during a few sleepless nights in Singapore.

This is a literary experiment. When I tried Twitter for the first time it made me think of Leopold Bloom's stream of consciousness in Joyce's Ulysses. But Joyce's book is huge while Tweets are short. To celebrate Bloomsday 2009 (16th of june, today, the day the novel takes place, in 1904), I propose to Tweet Ulysses, 140 characters at a time. Initially I was planning to do it myself with a few friends, but I let the deadline approach and lack time to do it. Then I decided it would be an even more interesting experiment to crowdsource it, and created this mechanical irish: I shredded Ulysses in 2383 approximately 10 lines fragments, and propose each of you to tweet one fragment. I hope enough of you will do it so that we will collectively Tweet the whole book.

Take a fragment, login to Twitter, you will be presented with a fragment that has not be assigned to a user yet. Reduce it to one Tweet that represent what is in the text. This is where I am curious to see your creativity: how can one be litterary with Twitter. I need your tweets to be less than 109 characters. The Tweet will be posted to your statuses on Tweeter, with a link to the original fragment.

Later if we tweet the whole book, I will write a bot that takes all the Tweets and reenact Ulysses in Tweets. You can choose to follow your favorite protagonists' Tweets (they are listed below), or follow the whole book at Bloomsday 2009 Twitter account

Colophon: this is an app built in Python on Google appengine, thanks to Twitter for the API, Tav for the oauth Twitter client lib, @friendstream for his app that I took as an inspiration, and the Gutenberg project, which provided me with the full text of Ulysses. This is very much situated software: it barely works, but it needs to be used today.

This app was built for Bloomsday 2009, this year I just simplified it a bit.Send me feedback on Twitter for next year's features.

Sources of inspiration for this experiment range from the Oulipo, Georges Perec, Raymond Queneau, Jacques Roubaud, Umberto Eco, Italo Calvino, and conversations with my friends Jacques Mailhos and Eric Levenez.

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Taken from the Wikipedia Ulysses entry