I’m Susannah Straughan: writer, editor and blogger. I’ve blogged about films, sport, TV and architecture, with a few sorties into the realm of satire. I wanted another site that was simpler, more colourful and devoted to the decade of my birth: the 1960s.

If you’re a movie buff, you’ll know that the Taft Hotel was the venue for Benjamin’s assignations with Mrs Robinson, in Mike Nichols’s The Graduate. (In real life the Taft was the now-demolished Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.)

Should I ever have the misfortune to be stuck in a room with just one 60s film on a continuous loop, I hope it would be The Graduate and not one of director Jean-Luc Godard’s more challenging marxist works.

I’ll get round to writing about The Graduate over the next few months. In the mean time, The Taft Hotel will cover books, design, music and people from – and inspired by – the decade that gave us The Beatles, Bond films, Belle de Jour and the beehive hairdo.

Thanks for stopping by!


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