Sherill Tippins is hard at working putting the finishing touches on her forthcoming history of the Chelsea Hotel. Sherill writes to inform us that she has unearthed potential candidates for an official flower, philosopher and motto for the hotel.
I found this on a website about Charles Fourier, the Chelsea Hotel's philosophical father, and thought you might like to make it the website's Official Flower: The Crown Imperial (Fritillaria imperialis), Charles Fourier's emblematic flower.
According to popular wisdom, it symbolizes majesty. For Fourier, it represents the true scientist or artist living poorly in Civilization, whose worth is not recognized, and who has only his enthusiasm to sustain himself.
And here's a quote of Fourier's that's appropriate for the Chelsea right now: "Truth and commerce are as incompatible as Jesus and Satan."