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How would you like to live in a hotel room? We tend to think of hotels as temporary spaces that give us a break from our everyday lives, but journalist and theatre critic Quentin Letts has spent three nights a week in London’s Savile Club for over twenty years. Aside from the subtle benefits, such as how room service would happily bring tenants a sandwich at 4:00am, the main benefit seems to be in the community; these guests found a deep sense of belonging in the hotel’s hustle and bustle. Read full article here

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The Severed Head and the Soviet Space Plane

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