The Ace Hotel just announced a new "micro-residency" program for 12 writers, who have signed on to stay at the Ace Hotel New York for a night, sipping Stumptown coffee in a stylishly appointed room, and "craft an open letter to an imagined audience of hotel guests." On a surprise date the following month, "the letters will be laid bedside in each room—hand-stamped and numbered," Ace Hotel partner and chief brand officer Kelly Sawdon tells Fast Company. Where once, contemporary writers penned stories for Chipotle cups and worked on Amtrak trains to make ends meet, now at least they have nice rooms with record players to work in. Though it's not quite a book deal and a brownstone, this is widely understood to be good work if you can get it for today's writers.
The Ace Hotels list of upcoming guests include Elif Batuman, Catherine Chung, Chelsea Hodson, Saeed Jones, Kiese Laymon, Atticus Lish, Lucas Mann, Sigrid Nunez, Chinelo Okparanta, Daniel Jose Older, Dale Peck, and an arts duo named DarkMatter. Here are some of the high-end hipster furnishings that will inspire these luminaries:
"It's a living," quoth the modern writer, seated in a Saarinen/Eames Organic Chair, echoing the Flintstones brontosaurus bus.