Thursday, October 11, 2007

Locust - Cinderella Bar

The Cinderella Bar, a drag club where Homer, Tod, and Faye spend a grotesque evening, is an aptly named place in the book. Evoking the tale of Cinderella references the dreams of so many of West's characters, the hope of becoming something, a star, out of nothing. Yet, as the waitresses of West's bar are pretending to be that which they never will, so are his characters.
The location is almost a glamorous, Hollywood bar, like the Coconut Grove, but it falls sharply short. Didion, perhaps would appreciate this distance between the expectation and the reality

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