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Short story author Hamilton (in the Journal of Kentucky Studies, SoMa Literary Review, etc.) became consumed in writing [his neighbors'] darkly humorous and often tragic stories after many years of living at New York's infamous Chelsea Hotel. Arrayed here are 68 of his columns for ''Living with Legends, the Hotel Chelsea blog (www.hotelchelseablog.com). Hamilton skillfully interweaves his memories of residents with a history of the 23rd Street hotel, longtime proprietor Stanley Bard (who stepped down reluctantly this year) and the neighboring restaurant, El Quijote. Built in 1883, the Chelsea became a residential hotel for theater luminaries in 1905. Tenants since then have run the gamut from O. Henry and Dylan Thomas to Kerouac and Madonna. Famed books have been written at the Chelsea, including William Burroughs's Naked Lunch, but the establishment has also attracted a great many eccentrics, hustlers and crazies. Recent management changes and the Chelsea's uncertain future make this nostalgic portrait of the hotel's fabled madness all the more poignant. Photos not seen by PW. (Oct. 15)
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My thoughts on Ed Hamilton’s LEGENDS OF THE CHELSEA HOTEL are similar to how my college American History viewed statistics. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stacy Helton
I thought this was trite and boring. Poorly written also. I'm really glad I bought it second hand.Published 9 months ago by M.
I lived at the Chelsea Hotel in the 70s, met Richard Berstein and many other artists there. I lived in a junior suite on the 2nd floor rm 201. Read morePublished 11 months ago by David Gorman
Hamilton has a fluent writing style and his topics are of some interests. However, his sometimes disjointed narrative reads like excerpts from a diary or journal. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Edward J. Bordeau
I have enjoyed this book. First hand experiences are always best when telling a story about events and each story the author tells has merit in history of this landmark hotel as... Read morePublished 16 months ago by C. Gottlieb
I liked it, however, it seemed to "drag on" a bit. Maybe it was just me, I was fascinated about the people who lived there, etc. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lea
From Stephen's Girlfriend: Only partially read it so far and I love this book. I wish the Chelsea Hotel was still open. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Stephen R Stefanoff
Full of short stories about the folks that came through the hotel. Time frame 1885 - 2007. The history of the hotel and it's owners / managers, residents
it clears up lots of... Read more
An insider's look at one of the most fascinating places in New York City. It's a journey into a world where creativity and chaos reign. Long live the Chelsea Hotel.Published 21 months ago by Sherry Mazzocchi