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



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]


ii. Nicole Kidman vs. Appollo – (Radio Edit)

A special extended edition of the inaugural episode of Tyrant Hotel collated exclusively for Resonance FM.
‘Nicole Kidman vs. Apollo’ was broadcast at 3:30pm, October 4th (see here).

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.   Kristen 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];
g.   Wayne Koestenbaum, ‘thick book on mother-shelf pinnacled me o’er Tums’ [30.00];
h.   Eley Williams, ‘Collect’ [41.46];
i.    Kathryn Scanlan, ‘The Candidate’ [47.00];
k.   Jon Aumanhumming a verse from Jonny Black’s ‘Paper Doll’ (1943) [54.02]


Notes on the readers:

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.

Wayne Koestenbaum—poet, critic, artist, performer—has published nineteen books, including Camp Marmalade, My 1980s & Other Essays, The Anatomy of Harpo Marx, Humiliation, Hotel Theory, Andy Warhol, and Jackie Under My Skin.  He is a Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Koestenbaum’s ‘thick book on mother-shelf pinnacled me o’er Tums’ is an excerpt from the recently published Camp Marmalade (Nighboat Books, 2018).  

Eley Williams is a writer and lecturer based in Ealing. Her collection of short stories Attrib. And Other Stories (Influx Press) was chosen by Ali Smith as one of the best debut works of fiction published in 2017. Twice short-listed for the White Review Short Story Prize, her works has appeared in The London Review of BooksThe White ReviewAmbitand the Cambridge Literary Review. She has a pamphlet of poetry titled Frit (Sad Press) and is currently co-editor of fiction for the online journal 3:AM Magazine.

Kathryn Scanlan’s work has appeared in NOONFenceAmerican Short Fiction, and in the inaugural issue of Egress. She’s received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Tin House Summer Workshop, and her story ‘The Old Mill’ was selected by Michael Cunningham for the 2010 Iowa Review Fiction Prize. Her debut book of stories, The Dominant Animal, will be published by Little Island Press in the UK and FSG in the US in 2019.

Jon Auman is an amateur vocalist—a contributing editor to Hotel—and a writer renting in New York.