Sold, to the Bashful, Inarticulate Blonde

Combating bad art, the cabaret law, and a vicious crush on a dreamy, hirsute comedian

"You have to understand, we didn't just file a complaint. We made a case," he explains. "There was a hell of a lot of evidence supporting how important social dance is as an expression, from dance historians, choreographers . . . from Peter Martins [ballet master in chief of the New York City Ballet], explaining how important social dance was to his development." He pauses. "I don't think we made any mistakes. But we still lost."

Any serious art collector needs at least one Moby
photo: Hal Horowitz
Any serious art collector needs at least one Moby

So what now? "Well, the answer is political, not constitutional. People have to focus, realize it's irrational, do something. They can start by electing Normal Siegel as Public Advocate. Ultimately, there's just a moralistic strain in America that's fearful of having a really good time—afraid of the Dionysian ball. And it's never died."

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