Tyrant Hotel Ep. 1

By - Sep 10, 2018

A magazine-for-the-ears from Hotel & New York Tyrant

Exacting something of a tribute to John Giorno’s “Dial-a-Poem” project (as 2018 marks its fiftieth anniversary), Tyrant Hotel sees NY Tyrant and Hotel collaborate and collate unexpurgated readings and writings by authors and poets recorded straight to smartphone.


Season One–Episode One: Literally Starving Ghost



Notes on the Readers, in order of appearance:

a. Kristen Iskandrian, ‘I feel like garbage…’ – An Introduction [0.00];
b. Nicolette Polek, ‘The Rope Barrier’ [0.46];
c. Tao Lin, from the forthcoming Leave Society [4.30];
d. Kristin Iskandrian, ‘As I Lay (Imagining I’m) Dying’ [9.25];
e. Luc Sante, ‘(Notes to be engraved at the foot of the tomb of) The Unknown Soldier’ [15.20];
f. Chelsea Hodson, ‘To a Duck in the Garden of Ninfa’ [22.10]


Kristen Iskandrian is the author of the novel MOTHEREST. Her short stories have been published or are forthcoming in Tin House, Ploughshares, McSweeneys Quarterly Concern, Zyzzyva, O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories, and many other places. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

Nicolette Polek is a writer living in Maryland. You can read her stories at New York Tyrant, Hobart, Chicago Quarterly Review, Muumuu House, and elsewhere.

Tao Lin is the author of Trip (2018), Taipei (2013), and other books.

Luc Sante’s books include Low Life (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003), The Factory of Facts (Granta, 1998), Kill All Your Darlings (Verse Chorus Press, 2007), and most recently The Other Paris (Faber & Faber, 2015). ‘The Unknown Soldier’ was written for an academic conference on urbanism where participants were invited to look at the city through the eyes of a persona; suggestions were an architect, a preservationist, a budget planner, et cetera—Sante decided to be a corpse. Sante appears in Hotel #4.

Chelsea Hodson is the author of Tonight I’m Someone Else. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. ‘To a Duck in the Garden of Ninfa’ was originally published in Off Assignment.