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Ed Hamilton is the author of Legends of the Chelsea Hotel: Living with the Artists and Outlaws of New York’s Rebel Mecca (Da Capo, 2007). His fiction has appeared in several small journals, including Limestone Journal, The Journal of Kentucky Studies, River Walk Journal, Exquisite Corpse, Modern Drunkard, and, most recently, in Omphalos, Bohemia, Poetic Stories and in translation in Czechoslovakia’s Host. His non-fiction work has appeared in several NYC community-based newspapers and in Experienced: Rock Music Tales of Face and Fiction.

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Rene Ricard, 1946 - 2014: Painter, Poet, Star of Chelsea Girls, Art Critic Who Discovered Basquiat and Long-time Chelsea Hotel Resident

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 1:27 PM

The Chelsea Hotel community mourns the passing of one of its guiding lights, the poet, painter, art critic, and Warhol Superstar Rene Ricard, who died this past Saturday, Feb. 1. The cause of death was cancer.

Rene, who will always be remembered for his quick wit, sparkling intellect, and generosity,...

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Juvenile Incarceration and the Creeping Corporatization of America

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 4:58 PM

The New York Times reports that, despite Supreme Court rulings in 2010 and 2012 prohibiting life sentences for juveniles convicted of non-capital offenses, state courts are flouting the law, sentencing juveniles to excessive terms that amount to the same thing in practice (see "Juveniles Facing Lifelong Terms Despite...

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Why It's Okay for the Chinese to Spy on Us

(2) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 1:29 PM

Buried in a chilling New York Times article about how the National Security Agency has bugged up to 100,000 computers worldwide is a curious discussion about how, in a summit meeting in California last June, President Obama tried to convince the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, that there's a...

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Weeds of Destruction: The Moral Case for Marijuana Legalization

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 10:31 AM

Though I won't be the first, I certainly don't want to be the last to congratulate the lawmakers in Colorado and Washington for finally coming to their senses and legalizing marijuana. Though their point may be to increase tax revenue, it's the end result that counts, and hopefully the rest...

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Reagan's Dream Revisited: Are Drone Wars the New Star Wars?

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 3:14 PM

Ronald Reagan dreamed of building an array of satellites in space, orbiting protectively above the earth, armed with powerful lasers capable of vaporizing any nuclear missiles launched by the Evil Empire of the Soviet Union. This odd sci-fi fantasy, or calculated bluff -- whatever it was -- is often credited...

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Drone Delivery: A Perfect Symbol of Our Untroubled Times

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 12:00 PM

Pencil-neck geeks of the world, put down your slide-rules and rejoice. We've finally entered the world of science-fiction. Actually, we've been there for some time now--even pocket protectors are a thing of the past -- but what I'm referring to is the latest development in drone technology, that is, Amazon's...

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Revenge of the Literate: How Books will Outlast TV

(6) Comments | Posted February 19, 2010 | 8:16 AM

With the book industry virtually moribund, isn't it odd that teen literature is taking off: these are the kids who are not supposed to even be able to read, except (possibly) from a computer screen. But maybe the familiarity with computers has increased literacy (although, forget about spelling!) For after...

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A Connection Between Afghanistan: and the Health Care Bill?

(2) Comments | Posted January 8, 2010 | 3:18 PM

Though I still think he's the greatest politician since sliced bread, I've started to sour on President Obama a bit. Maybe it's this Afghanistan thing -- you know, escalating a war he promised to get us out of. Forgive me for being so squeamish, but I just don't like...

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Mortgage Crisis? There's a Rental Crisis Too as the Poor, Middle Class and Elderly are Being Evicted

(10) Comments | Posted February 19, 2009 | 12:22 PM

On Feb 5, the management of the NYC's famed Chelsea Hotel evicted a 75-year old man from his apartment. The police were called and he was told to have his belongings out by four that afternoon. This was not a case of non-payment, as the tenant was paid up through...

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Why the New New Yorkers Live in Glass Houses

(3) Comments | Posted November 13, 2007 | 5:00 PM

Writers have been expending a lot of ink lately in trying to figure out who in their right mind would want to move into one of these leaky aquariums developers keep building all over New York City. The short answer, according to Penelope Green in Sunday's Week in Review section...

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Board-Directed Coup Topples Chelsea Hotel's Famed Manager Stanley Bard

(4) Comments | Posted June 18, 2007 | 1:31 PM

The breaking news at New York's famed Chelsea Hotel is that managing partner Stanley Bard, and the rest of the Bard family, have been forced out by their board of directors. Starting Monday, an as yet unnamed new management company will take over the day-to-day operations of the hotel.

The...

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Sports & Blogging in a Surveillance Society

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2007 | 11:47 AM

Louisville's Courier Journal is thinking of suing the NCAA for ejecting their blogger from a University of Louisville-Oklahoma State baseball game. What it comes down to, I suppose, is whether a blog is viewed by the courts as a sort of live telecast akin to TV or Radio, or a...

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Mini Cooper on Cutting Edge of Silliness

(7) Comments | Posted January 31, 2007 | 10:24 AM

I knew there was something wrong with those Mini-Coopers. They're just too damned cute for their own good.

Now we learn ("Billboards That Know Your Name," Barnaby Feder, nytimes.com) that when you buy one of these cartoonish golf carts, you are automatically enrolled in a sinister...

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Artist Linda Troeller's TB-AIDS Diary Proves Sadly Prophetic

(1) Comments | Posted January 18, 2007 | 1:17 PM

With the advent of AZT and the various drug cocktails used to treat the symptoms of HIV, we have become accustomed to thinking of AIDS as a manageable disease, rather like tuberculosis, seemingly well on it's way to eradication. But more ominous parallels between these two great epidemics of...

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All Aboard!: The High Line Giveaway

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2007 | 4:27 PM

I've been waiting for some time for somebody to notice that the High Line project in West Chelsea isn't all it's cracked up to be. (For those of you unfamiliar with the issue, the Highline is an elevated park being built on old railroad tracks on the West Side...

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Crichton vs. Crowley: Dinosaurs, Pedophiles, and The Cult of Expertise

(17) Comments | Posted December 20, 2006 | 10:38 AM

At first I laughed when I read of the novelist Michael Crichton's attack on Washington Political reporter Michael Crowley (Felicia R. Lee, "Columnist Accuses Crichton of Literary 'Hit-and-Run'", New York Times, 12/14/06). How utterly bizarre. It seems that in his latest novel, "Next," Crichton has invented a character, "Mick Crowley,"...

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Secret Police in an Open Society

(7) Comments | Posted December 1, 2006 | 11:07 AM

Last weekend outside a nightclub in Queens New York, police fired fifty shots into a car occupied by three unarmed men, killing 23-year-old Sean Bell--a groom on his wedding day--and seriously injuring the other two. The operation was ostensibly a part of a crackdown on violence in Chelsea nightclubs; questions...

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Bush's Humiliation, Not America's

(18) Comments | Posted November 20, 2006 | 2:55 PM

Since maintaining the status quo in Iraq is plainly untenable, the debate over what course to take seems to be boiling down to two options: pull out slowly in a phased reduction of troops, or increase troop levels and try to stabilize the country. But both these options will have...

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Shut Up and Do as Bush Tells You

(13) Comments | Posted November 6, 2006 | 8:15 PM

With election day upon us, it couldn't hurt to remind ourselves once again of the differences between Democrats and Republicans, both the politicians who go by these names, and the voters who put them into office. While I was home visiting Kentucky lately, I chanced upon two letters-to-the-editor in the--unfortunately...

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Two Crises of Conscience: Mark Foley and Sgt. Ricky Clousing

(8) Comments | Posted October 20, 2006 | 11:28 AM

I know I'm rather late in commenting on the Mark Foley scandal, but it's taken me this long to quit laughing. This is really what they call the chickens coming home to roost, now isn't it? Force of habit compels me to cheer for any revelation that exposes hypocrisy, even...

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