The lobby at Shutters on the Beach is a wonderful place. I have written chapters of novels there, a screenplay with a friend--we sat on one of the couches five days straight and wrote until we had a draft--several essays, and many letters. I stay there so often they call my favorite room the Luanne Rice room.
The hotel is at the foot of Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica; it has amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. Many celebrities pass through the lobby. Much rarer is the occasional legend--such as the one you see on my lap in the photo above. The lovely, brilliant E. She visited with her father, Johnny Walker, and after reading the New York Times, discussed the review of a new biography of Diaghilev. E has much to say about the Ballet Russes.
Ben Affleck was across the lobby, but he didn't sit on my lap.