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the hobbit boutique hotel

from j.r.r. tolkien posted in literature by pete_nice

The Hobbit Boutique Hotel is a Tolkien-themed hotel with rooms named after characters from his writings.

Tolkien was born a couple of blocks away on January 2, 1892. At the time, the area was known as the Orange Free State. The original Tolkien home was destroyed in a flood during the 1920s, but portions of the home were incorporated into the hotel.

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herman melville’s birthplace

from herman melville, moby dick posted in literature by pete_nice

Herman Melville, author of Moby-Dick, Billy Budd, "Bartleby the Scrivener" and many other works, was born at this location on August 1, 1819 when it was 6 Pearl Street. Today, Pearl Street no longer exists at this location and it's the home of the 17 State Street tower.

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chumley’s

from j.d. salinger posted in literature by pete_nice

Opened in 1922, and the source of the phrase "86'ed"- Chumley's has been a speakeasy for writers for several generations.

On September 22, 2000, the Friends of Libraries USA placed a plaque at the location that read the following:

A celebrated haven frequented by poets, novelists and playwrights, who helped define twentieth century American literature. These writers include Willa Cather, E.E. Cummings, Theodore Dreiser, William Faulkner, Ring Lardner, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Eugene O'Neill, John Dos Passos, and John Steinbeck.

J.D. Salinger used to meet up with other writers here while he was writing short stories before WWII.

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windsor post office

from j.d. salinger posted in literature by pete_nice

J.D. Salinger had a post office box (P.O. Box 32) at this location for several years. He was photo-ambushed here numerous times.

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the matrix (former)

from hunter s. thompson, jefferson airplane posted in literature by pete_nice

From 1965 to 1972, this location was the headquarters to the "San Francisco Sound" called The Matrix. Several blues and psychedelic bands played the venue in the 60s, and Jefferson Airplane was the house band from 1965 to 1966.

According to the movie Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson, HST would frequent The Matrix and had a crush on J.A. lead singer, Grace Slick.

A memorable scene from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas recreates a flashback from the bathroom of The Matrix with Johnny Depp and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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