1. June 16 is the day all of the events in Joyce’s Ulysses take place. Why June 16? Of all the days in the year, you have to wonder why Joyce chose that exact date for Ulysses to take place. Well, the answer is actually pretty simple: it’s that day in 1904 when he had his first date with his future wife, Nora Barnacle.
2. Joyce may have had the gift of writing, but he certainly didn’t have the gift of conversation. When he met Marcel Proust in 1922 at a dinner party, the rest of the party-goers listened anxiously to what the two literary geniuses would