Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Chasing Dignity

“Chasing Dignity,” published today by STYLE Weekly, is the newest episode of a series of true stories to be called “Firsthand Stories.” (Yes, yet another work-in-progress for F.T. Rea.)

This particular yarn is set at the Biograph Theatre in 1978. The ultimate Midnight Show of all-time, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," was playing to a packed house when a street fight broke out on Grace Street:
“...It wasn’t long after that night I found myself poring over an essay by F. Scott Fitzgerald, ‘Echoes of the Jazz Age.' ...During that rereading, it occurred to me the shattering glass door had been the sound of the hippie era ending for me. Yes, we baby boomers were about to see that our sweetest day in the sun, with its causes and rock ’n’ roll anthems, had been another dollop of time, a period with its look and sound, not unlike others. In some ways, the Roaring ’20s redux."


spankthatdonkey said...

at 13 Don't think I could have gotten in to see the Devil and Miss Jones !!!

F.T. Rea said...


Of course you could. It was a 1941 light comedy; not an adult movie at all. What you couldn't have gotten in to see was "The Devil in Miss Jones."

See the June 7th SLANTblog post "The Devils & the Details," to understand better.