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Unread 11-28-2007, 12:08 PM
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A while back, Diana Dees posted a thread called: Sylvia Beach Hotel on GT, in which she said:

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I just got back from the Oregon coast and thereabouts, and I stayed one night at the famous Sylvia Beach Hotel, a hotel for book-lovers. We were scheduled to stay two nights in the Emily Dickinson room, but they had messed up our reservation, so we wound up staying one night in the Tennessee Williams room (just where we belonged, I guess), since it was already paid for and they weren't about to give us back our money. They didn't have the customer service sense to offer us the only available (and pricey) suite at a reduced price the second night, so we moved out.


Despite my disappointment over the way our reservations were handled, I still absolutely loved this hotel. There are around 20 rooms (unforunately, many of them were closed from public view because of renovations), each named after an author, and decorated in that author's style. Attention to detail is superb. The Poe room was my favorite, but other good ones I saw were the Melville room and the room we stayed in. There are also beds on the cheap, in a large room, for Oregon writers who need peace and quiet to work on their writing. There are hundreds of photos of authors all over the place; an autographed photo of George Gershwin was on the wall outside our room.

There are no televisions and there is no Internet access in the Sylvia Beach Hotel. There is a marvelous old 3rd floor library, with an extension in the loft, which contains shelves of books. There is also a lovely gift shop, which is part of the lobby, and two cats (there used to be 3) wander around the premises. A multi-course meal (we didn't participate) is served each night in the dining room, and dinner guests play Two Truths and a Lie. The building is a huge Victorian that overlooks the Pacific, and many rooms have a view of the Yaquina Head lighthouse, yet--for some reason--there is no Virginia Woolf room.
On the thread, Mark Allison posted a few wonderful poems based on possible rooms in this hotel. He also suggested "Sylvia Beach" ditties might catch on, and it might be a good idea for the "Drills and Amusements" forum, where people could imagine what they might find in some of the famous rooms."

I followed up on his suggestion, however belatedly, and invite you to contribute your "Sylvia Beach" ditties.

P.S. Wouldn't it be wonderful to hold an Eratosphere convention at the Sylvia Beach Hotel?


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Unread 11-28-2007, 12:27 PM
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Emily Dickinson Room

Small and quaint, the chamber was
a gem, beyond a doubt--
but when a fly began to buzz,
that's when I checked out.
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Unread 11-28-2007, 12:53 PM
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The Poe Room

The worst thing about this damn hotel
is the tintinnabulation of the wake-up bell.
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The Robert Louis Stevenson Room

I must admit, in this wide berth
I sure did get my money's worth
(and I don't mean the lunch buffet) -
I had to go to bed by day!
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Thanks, Marion.

I thought this theme would work here, and the poems above this post prove that it does. The scope of possibility is vast, and I'm looking forward to reading more of them.

Here are the three from the GT thread:

I went to stay at the Sylvia Beach,
but wouldn’t have done, had I known;
from ‘Ginny’s room when I knocked came a screech
of “go find a room of your own!”


I stayed at the Sylvia Beach Hotel,
in the room called Sylvia Plath:
littered with pills and some gas you can smell
and a heater too close to the bath.


I stayed at the Sylvia Beach last night
in the Oscar Wilde room:
green papered walls, Beardsley prints,
and a peach-bottomed boy you can groom.
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Bathroom Embroidery

Robert Lowell
used this bowl.
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Unread 11-28-2007, 02:02 PM
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Agatha Christie Room

Mon cher hotel patron, I am afraid
that you, like the butler, the gardener, the maid,
are now a suspect. Alors, do not go
away from the grounds for the moment,
Poirot
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The Kafka Room

If you like your windows barred,
you'll find this room quite snug,
but dear patron, be forewarned
you might wake up a bug.
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Unread 11-28-2007, 02:13 PM
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Washington Irving Room

Though you pre-paid for one full night,
you’ve built up some arrears.
According to our records, Rip,
you’ve been here sixty years.

[This message has been edited by Roger Slater (edited November 28, 2007).]
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Unread 11-28-2007, 02:21 PM
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Eugene O’Neill Room

Welcome to this room, my friend.
For those who love to write,
There is no better place to end
Your long day’s journey into night.

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