Today at Flavorpill, we found out what Pizza Hut’s Crown Crust pizza says about global fast food marketing. We saw dollar signs reading about Edvard Munch’s The Scream at auction. We brushed up on factoids about children’s books with Mental Floss. We wondered how LA will feel about hosting… Read More
You could argue that the Chelsea Hotel is one of the last remaining vestiges of New York City’s golden age. A landmark with an incredibly rich cultural history, it’s the place where Dylan Thomas and Nancy Spungen died, Warhol shot Chelsea Girls, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen wrote some of their most famous songs, and the Beats unofficially set up camp. Inside the Chelsea Hotel, a series of photos shot by Julia Calfee over a four-year period in the early aughts when she called the legendary building home, celebrates what made it a beacon for a slew of weird and interesting characters, a bohemian paradise for impoverished unknowns with big dreams.
“It was possible to come to live in the Chelsea Hotel without questions about a past, without a job, without any credit or credit card or checkbook,” she explains. “Here it is possible without criticism to be drunk, stoned, or screaming with the pain of life, and know that the police will not necessarily be called… When I photographed at the Chelsea Hotel, I would stay in a space or situation for hours. Time would pass and my presence would become less and less visible. Sometimes I would even disappear.”
Click through for slideshow of select photos from the series, which was published as a collection by powerHouse books back in 2008, and will be on display at Singapore’s Art Plural Gallery early next fall. Kind of makes these images of the building in its current state even more depressing, huh? … Read More
From cheap motels to isolated inns, hotels have long provided writers with both story setting inspiration and a place to hide away. Following the news that the Grand Hôtel des Bains — Thomas Mann’s residence on the Lido and the backdrop for his novella Death in Venice — will close its doors to be converted into luxury apartments, we decided to find out which other literary residences have outlived the authors they inspired. Although the historical ties advertised by iconic abodes range from confirmed affiliation to apocryphal anecdote, these storied hotels are at least worth checking out — and, geography permitting, checking into. … Read More