If you’ve already visited the City Lights Bookshop and Vesuvio’s bar in San Francisco, devotees of the Beat writers may be interested in the hotel in Paris’ Latin Quarter at 9 Rue Gît-le-Coeur. Famous residents of this hotel included William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso, whose stay there was recorded by another guest, the photographer Harold Chapman.
The hotel has been restored from the run-down state it was in during the Beats’ heyday so there isn’t much to see there beyond a plaque, but fortunately Chapman’s photographs survive and will be showing in the exhibition The Beat Hotel at Proud Chelsea. Chapman’s photographs give a detailed account of the daily lives of the Beats and it was here that Williams Borroughs wrote Naked Lunch.
The Beat Hotel exhibition runs from the 29 July to 29 August 2010 at Proud Chelsea. Visit the Proud website for further details.