Wednesday, June 15, 2005

"Woke up, it was a Chelsea morning ..."

In the same vein as the New York Times' recent literary bookmap, there's a new blog on the block called Living with Legends, which seeks to be a repository for all things artistic and notable about the people of the Chelsea Hotel/Hotel Chelsea, "a rest stop for rare individuals" as it calls itself, and the intersection point for a lot of cultural icons and contemporary artists.

My favorite is the Welsh writer and poet Dylan Thomas, who wrote of such innocence and magic in "A Child's Christmas in Wales" and yet lived a nasty, brutish and short life, collapsing at the age of 39 in the famous hotel and dying at nearby St. Vincent's.

Another name on the blog's list of Chelsea authors is Ethan Hawke, who indeed has been published, but whose place in the literary canon ... uh ... hasn't yet been assured.

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