Writer Ed Hamilton, author of the book, “Legends of the Chelsea Hotel,” as well as long-time blogger behind Living with Legends: Hotel Chelsea Blog, will appear at nearby Jefferson Market Library to read from his recent book, “The Chintz Age: Tales of Love and Loss for a New New York” on Thursday, July 21st at 6 p.m.
While The Chintz Age focuses on artists and their response to gentrification, it’s also a book about nostalgia for old New York, and the longing for a fabled past that is somehow better than the present.
The Chintz Age is about middle class people struggling to survive and maintain relevance in an urban climate that has become overly expensive and increasingly hostile to their very existence. While the stories are set in NYC, the themes they deal with are equally relevant to any rapidly changing urban environment.
In seven stories and a novella, Ed Hamilton takes on the clash of cultures between the old and the new, as his characters are forced to confront their own obsolescence in the face of a rapidly surging capitalist juggernaut. Ranging over the whole panorama of New York neighborhoods—from the East Village to Hell’s Kitchen, and from the Bowery to Washington Heights—Hamilton weaves a spellbinding web of urban mythology.
The NYPL (New York Public Library) Recommends program called The Chintz Age “A great read about NYC.” Hear sections of the book and the sentiment behind it and meet Ed Hamilton Thursday July 21st, 6 p.m. Jefferson Market library Thursday 7/21, 425 Sixth Avenue (between W 9th and @ 10th). Free event.