Ulysses, the Latin name of Odysseus,
is the protagonist of a Greek epic poem of
travel and adventure, the name of an early
Indian railway, a Baltimorean ocean liner,
and James Joyce’s modernist novel, which
popularized stream-of-consciousness and
active interior lives in literature.
It is also a hotel. Living inside the
characterful nine-story Latrobe Building on
East Read Street, once home to seven-time
Baltimore mayor Ferdinand Latrobe, and
many lonely bachelors after that, Ulysses
is an ever-evolving monument to Baltimore’s
iconic contradictions and unhinged visions.
The sights, smells, sounds, mosaics, and colors of India greatly informed the multi-sensory and utterly transportive world of Ulysses. So did this car.