Ed Hamilton has been telling the story of our city for a long, long time.
If he hadn't started posting about the Chelsea Hotel, its heart and soul would have been destroyed, along with the murals and the art and the stories and the tenants and the mom and pop stores and the affordable housing and the theater and so many, too many independent bookstores.
All those stories were gathered into Legends of the Chelsea Hotel, a book that defied obliteration.
And he hasn't stopped. In seven short stories and one novella, Ed's new book, The Chintz Age
, goes deep into our heart and soul's attempt to survive in our changed city and our disappearing home.
Last Friday, at Bluestocking Bookstore,
one of the last independent, radical bookstores in the United States we got to hear our stories
. At least for me, when I hear such stories, even ones that tell me of my loss or of my struggles, I defy obliteration.
and find out where Ed is reading again or where you can buy online if you are not in where he is.
Or, go to Bluestockings and buy his book and while you are there, get some coffee, sit for a while and remember real New York.