Divine comedy, funnier by far than any fantasy of Dante’s: in the hard winter of ’76, the comical young exurban consumers are ascended again from the subterranean mass-transit inferno, to jam the Empyrean Club again, clearly ignorant of how discernible they are; genital males clothed by the perpetual sale of Wilson’s House of Suede and Leather, genital females who assume that wearing real lesbian-type fatigues is the same as wearing those assembled by Yves St. Laurent. And there is that unmistakable rusticity about them, a bright, alert blindness, their eyes misted by the perpetual central air conditioning of the Levitt homes of Matawan, New Jersey. In awe, which displaces for the moment their profound bewilderment at why they are here, drawn to this pansexual night-world by a cyclopedic force they now lack the stamina to comprehend or define, they await the comely bartender of the Empyrean’s main groping arena, the Ninth Circle Cocktail Lounge, in order to spend extensively on things like Pina Colada (they believed it branded them too straight, in the sexual sense, to order intricate drinks, until they learned that Pina Colada was the most demanded beverage a year ago at the Continental Baths, their first pansexual… Read full this story
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