June 16, 1904 is when Ulysses, that tome that far more people talk about than have actually read it, takes place. It was also the day the author, James Joyce, went on his first date with his wife Nora Barnacle, which resulted in a sexual act immortalized in the book.
Today, people all over the world celebrate June 16th as Bloomsday, in honor of the book's ravenous protagonist Leopold Bloom. Events include readings in public, pub crawls, and even a marionette adaptation which will be taking place in Wilmington, North Carolina.
James S. Murphy in Vanity Fair reminds us why we should actually read the book. Consider this when selecting your beach reading:
Joyce’s reputation might be entirely tamed, now that his face can be found on Euro coins and his books in high-school classrooms, but reading Ulysses will always be a life-affirming act of savagery.
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Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
The Bajau people's nomadic lifestyle has given them remarkable adaptions, enabling them to stay underwater for unbelievable periods of time. Their lifestyle, however, is quickly disappearing.
- The Bajau people travel in small flotillas throughout the Phillipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, hunting fish underwater for food.
- Over the years, practicing this lifestyle has given the Bajau unique adaptations to swimming underwater. Many find it straightforward to dive up to 13 minutes 200 feet below the surface of the ocean.
- Unfortunately, many disparate factors are erasing the traditional Bajau way of life.
The Canadian professor's old-school message is why many started listening to him.
- The simplicity of Peterson's message on suffering echoes Buddha and Rabbi Hillel.
- By bearing your suffering, you learn how to become a better person.
- Our suffering is often the result of our own actions, so learn to pinpoint the reasons behind it.
An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.
- Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
- The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
- The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
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