Readable In the mid-20th century, lounges and nightclubs served up large doses of fantasy to American adults weary of the recent realities of World War II. Primarily, this was done in two ways: One way appealed to exoticism and escape from modern society while the other reveled in modernity and urban sophistication. If one wanted exoticism, few did it better than the tiki lounges of Trader Vic’s. If one wanted urban high-life, none did it better than The Playboy Clubs. Despite their impact and near ubiquity, changing times saw the classic Playboy Clubs vanish from the urban landscape to remain only in the minds of Playboy aficionados, lounge-o-philes, and mid-century mavens. For these folks comes “50 ( continue reading... )
Episode 292 Dec 2nd 2013
A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of speaking to the great comedian ‘Shelley Berman’. Well, he’s back on the show to talk about a book of poetry he’s has written along with extraordinary ability to adlib. I’ve got a free vintage online magazine to check out, and a nice box set for you in time for Christmas.