House music aunts and uncles often regale their younger brethren with tales of the good old days at the Paradise Garage, the celebrated downtown New York club that was open from 1977 to 1987 in a former truck depot at 84 King Street. With tears welling up in their eyes, they reminisce about one of the most beloved venues in the history of going out: They insist that the sense of ecstatic community that DJ legend Larry Levan, who died of heart failure in 1992 at the age of 38, engendered on the dance floor has never been matched since. They talk of the venue as a platform for experiencing realms of otherness without falling into anything crass or fascistic—a holy place where new states of enlightened consciousness and new modes of being were... More >>>