North of the Liffey River in the center of the city, across the street from a large hospital, you can still find 7 Eccles Street, where the novel’s optimistic everyman hero Leopold Bloom lived with his wife Molly, his enigmatic cat and (presumably) an icebox full of kidneys, giblets and other strange foods which he ate with relish. Here’s the house in a 1950 photo, and here’s the the Google map itself.
Bloom was the ultimate rootless alien in Dublin, of course, so it must have been a little joke of Mr. Joyce’s to put him on a street whose name evoked Judeo-Christian religion (the root word “eccles” seems to refer to a gathering).
Almost all of you guessed it right, though two people tipped me off that the answer was easily found by Googling “Mkgnao”. I’ll have to be more careful next time, but I’m proud of most of you for getting it right. And there’s no shame in a wrong guess either.
There were two hidden clues embedded in my question: the use of the word “stream” (referring, of course, to Joyce’s concept of the stream of consciousness), and the repitition of the word “yes”.
The next Litkicks Mystery Spot question will be in about two weeks!