Monthly Archives: February 2017

Lana Del Rey Lyrics Analysis- Commonplace 5

“But you get ready, you get all dressed up. To go nowhere in particular. Back to work or the coffee shop. Doesn’t matter because its enough.”

I really enjoy the message behind these lyrics. We live in a society that’s so focused on perfection and doing everything we can to impress. These lyrics are inspiring because she states how you should get dressed and go out for you, not for anyone else. Do things because you want to do them and stand by those decisions. We are all only young once, so don’t try and live through someone else’s life; live for you.


Digital Archive 5: The Ceremonial Hall

The ceremonial hall of the Mayflower Hall is quite stunning. There are flowers sprung throughout the room in various pastel colors. Additionally, the artistic style detailing on the ceiling relates to romanticism on such a level; as after all this is a room where guests plan to get married. There is carpeted flooring in a pastel purple and deep red color way, which seems quite out-dated but still just as pretty. Lastly, the room itself is not quite big but it seems to be clustered with various items and objects sprung throughout the room, as a means of making the room look “pretty”.

Digital Archive 4: The Hallways

The hallways within the Mayflower Hotel show true luxury and give reason as to why many important and wealthy figures stay within this hotel. Each hallway on the main floor is quite long and is accompanied by many ceiling-to-floor mirrors all the way down. Additionally the detailing on the ceiling is quite interesting as there are many detailed circles repeated throughout. Also there are cone-shaped lights illuminating the hallway to give a dim-light feel to the atmosphere of the hotel. Lastly, the marble floors are pristine with brown-black diamond shapes placed all the way down the hallway, to give quite the artistic feel.

Digital Archive 3: The Building Itself

The 90+ year old Mayflower Hotel exemplifies and old fashioned and simplistic feel to it. The old hotel remains quite simple and original as many new hotels emerge with new and innovating concepts. The hotel itself is located on Connecticut Avenue and is approximately 5-10 minutes away from the White House. The hotel is located, in between two office buildings and the overall placement of the hotel seems quite, “out of place” as everything around it is quite new and modern. The ten story building features two rectangular towers that are connected by the lobby, with a third tower seen all the way in the back.

Digital Archives 2: The Exterior

The exterior of the Mayflower Hotel features various American flags surrounding the outside of the hotel. Additionally, the exterior of the hotel seems to have a very old fashioned feel to it when compared to the interior. As the interior was recently restored, the exterior seems to hold the classic feel of the hotel. With simple brick and stone detailing, the hotel has a very simple geometric feel to it. The old lavish part of the exterior would be the door to the lobby, which is adorned with gold detailing and baroque artistry. The exterior really shows how long this hotel has been around.

Digital Archive 1 : Interior of Mayflower Hotel

The Mayflower Hotel’s lobby is one of a lavish architectural style. The style of the hotel is based off of Beaux-Arts style which focuses on a very rich, lavish architecture which banks on old fashioned classicism. The interior of the hotel has baroque style carvings on the walls as a means of relating to the luxurious style of the hotel. Additionally, there seems to be large chandeliers within the hallways of the hotel to allude to its classic feel. The hallways are long and the floors are a beautiful tanned marble. The overall feel of the lobby within the hotel alludes luxury to the highest degree.

Annotated Bibliography 1: The Mayflower Hotel


The Mayflower Hotel

Source #1: Kennedy, Janice. “Where the Rich and Famous Go to Play; D.C.’s Storied Mayflower Hotel.” The Vancouver Sun, May 20 2008, ProQuest Central,

Within Where the rich and famous go to play; D.C.’s storied Mayflower Hotel, Janice Kennedy speaks on the history and controversy within the notorious Mayflower Hotel. Being a journalist for the Vancouver Sun, Kennedy expresses that the famous hotel, “is not the only hotel in town listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places; but these days at least, it is the one with the most, um, cachet.” Within her analysis, Kennedy shares various controversial acts that have composed at the hotel. For about 83 years, the Mayflower Hotel has entertained royalty, hosted inaugural balls and accommodated the “whims of the U.S. capital’s rich and famous.” Kennedy shares various notable encounters or controversial issues that have occurred at the hotel One being the controversial issue of New York governor Eliot Spitzer, the discovery of him with a prostitute which sparked the scandal leading to Spitzer’s political annihilation. Second, being where former president Bill Clinton was seen embracing a young Monica Lewinsky; sparking controversy over their potential relationship. One last example would simply be in 1990, a girlfriend of Washington mayor Marion Barry testified that she smoked crack with him at the Mayflower; this all happening during the D.C. crack epidemic. In addition to this Kennedy speaks on the grander style of the hotel. She states that the hotel is an, “imposing monument to Beaux Arts style.” This relates to the lavish appearance of the hotel. Additionally, Kennedy gives some conceptual information towards the appearance of the Mayflower and its reception from the rich and famous. Kennedy gives insight to just such of the famous guests that stayed within this hotel. The Mayflower has played host to a parade of rich, famous, and occasionally notorious – from the German spy George Dasch to Queen Elizabeth, Charles De Gaulle, John Wayne, Walt Disney, and Muhammad Ali to name a few. Kennedy shares how this notable hotel as seen much history and controversy.
I plan to use this source to share historical information on the Mayflower Hotel. This source is quite useful as it shares history of the hotel itself, with its many notable guests. I plan to connect this source with my other sources that give more of a description towards the appearance of the hotel. Where the source lacks in description towards the hotel, it provides with factual and historical information towards its many guests; one being Marion Barry who was mentioned in S Street Rising.

Source #2: Sarah Kershaw and, Michael P. “Just a Hotel? for some, it’s an Adventure.” New York Times, Mar 20 2008, ProQuest Central,

Within Just a Hotel? For Some, It’s an Adventure, Sarah Kershaw and Michael Powell spoke on how the Mayflower Hotel is one of those lavish style hotels for the rich and famous. Both are journalists from the New York Times and shared various accounts of famous individuals that have stayed at the hotel and the famous architectural style within the hotel. Both shared accounts on the hotels interesting policies and mysterious demeanor by stating, “Few dispute that, but interviews with two dozen employees and patrons — and several others with deep roots in Washington society — suggest that Mayflower and her $400-a-night peers downtown take a passive don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy toward the more elite prostitution outfits.” One example of this would be the famous account with Eliot Spitzer’s prostitution scandal. Both received information through an anonymous and found, “Mr. Spitzer had passed the afternoon of Feb. 13 in the Lobby Court, a bustling cafe that features gourmet sandwiches and $500 bottles of wine. There, one employee overheard him joking that he wanted a piano player to perform in his room later that night. Mr. Ruskin and others said they saw the governor frequently at the Town & Country, and a former employee said he once saw Mr. Spitzer leave the bar with a woman and head upstairs.” In addition, both share how the elegance of the hotel exemplified grandeur and sophistication. They detailed the hotel as having large pillars, gold details, and large chandeliers.
I plan to use this source to add to my previous source and have a fully detailed exemplified description of the hotel’s elegant style and guests within. As previously stated, where the source lacks in description towards the hotel, it provides with factual and historical information towards its many guests

Plato Commonplace Book

This quotation sparked my interest as it defines rhetoric in quite a fascinating way. In turn Plato states that rhetoric is a way of persuasion which makes sense as rhetoric is the art of speaking or writing effectively, which means persuading the reader to belief your writing or speaking. It does not matter right or wrong, it matters whether you can make the audience believe your words and join your argument.

Flemings City of Rhetoric: Reading Analysis 2

In his City of Rhetoric, “Commonplaces” David Fleming speaks on how crucial it is to have a shared social space that, “can link us to one another and the earth but where we remain free and unique as individuals.” (34). Prior to this, Fleming argued the persistence of space and how it can shape our own experiences and form who we are. This can be relatively linked to how we commonly share these experiences; in other words, our commonplaces. Fleming puts it that we must have a public sphere where, “individuals can share a world and experiences that allows them to manage that world in freedom.” (34). Basing off this, it is evident that Fleming believes that a commonplace must surround individuals with shared values, experiences, and even ways of culture. A sense of sharing these beliefs forms a well-rounded commonplace within a society. However, these shared values must have a “defining” feature to them which makes them such a commonplace. In definition, a commonplace is something that is commonly found; so this can correlate to how these commonplaces are formed. In the words of Fleming, “it requires spaces, whereas Arendt put it, we can meet without falling over one another; and it requires borders that define who we are, that constitute our equality by setting limits to it.” (35).

As Fleming states the basis of commonplaces, he also notes that this is something that is lacking in our postmodern political philosophies. He believes that these political foundations have “failed to provide this kind of public for us.” (35). Even in the multicultural world we live in today, we still need spaces that focus on three key aspects: grounded, unitary, and official. The first being grounded, meaning that we need a real or reliable space that reflect our “intellectual, ideological, and emotional needs”. (35) This is on the basis of being able to handle and support our particular needs so to speak. Second would be unitary which speaks on having a feeling of belonging within a space. The basis of unitary is key in order to have a well-functioning commonplace. Finally, the term official plays a role in stating how we are bound to these commonplaces based on the grounded and unitary. (35).

Works Cited

Fleming, David. “Commonplace.” The City of Rhetoric. N.p.: n.p., 2008. 32-35. Print.

Within this quotation Tolkien speaks on the concept of, “Not all who wander are lost” which is something I reflect on regularly. This quotation speaks on how we do not have to always have a set plan throughout life, it is okay to just wander.
I can reflect on this quote as it shows me to take life and regular stressors with more ease and learn to not be overly stress, just let life guide you and you will find your way.