Please Note: Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required for entry.
God knows I love Elizabeth Cook and Outlaw Country on Sirius XM, but this is too bad. Fun fact: Herman Melville wrote a story about not being welcome in New York City at a cool venue very like Mercury Lounge. Rejected in his day as too provocative, Melville's banned tale of The Two Temples fortunately survives in manuscript. In print, "The Two Temples" may be found in The Piazza Tales and Other Prose Pieces, 1839-1860 (Northwestern University Press and The Newberry Library, 1987), edited by Harrison Hayford, Alma A. MacDougall, G. Thomas Tanselle and others, at pages 303-315. Also available in Tales, Poems, and Other Writings, edited by John Bryant (Modern Library, 2002). The Manhattan hot-spot is "Temple First." If you're shut out of Mercury Lounge tonight like me, head south to Atlanta and try the Clermont Lounge on Ponce. Temple Second!
- The Two Temples by Herman Melville