The Vancouver Art Gallery has published a beautiful book tie-in to their current exhibition Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life, which runs through mid-September. The book, which you can buy on Amazon and preview on the Gallery’s amazing micrositeincludes new and archival contributions from Joan Didion, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Frederick Jameson, Alain de Botton, Matthew Weiner, Ian Schrager, Norman M. Klein, Patti Smith and more. 

It also includes an essay by me, on hotels as spaces for class passing and sexual adventure in the Fred and Ginger musicals, particularly Top Hat.