Jim Proser

Mr. Copacabana

An American History by Night

Mr. Copacabana is the outrageous life story of Monte Proser, creator and operator of the famous Copacabana nightclub in New York City. Monte’s life story is a sweeping epic of the early 20th century through the eyes of one of the most colorful characters in American history. Because he was the involuntary partner of a series of the most powerful gangsters of the era, Monte's story is also a keyhole view of the struggle between crime and conscience in America. It is a history of America by night.

If I Can Just Lift These Chains…

Posted on Jan 31, 2014

All my life I’ve only had one ambition and that was to be a great writer like Hemingway or Philip Roth or Vonnegut.  I’ve  been distracted a lot, by sex, by friends, by sex with friends, by movies, by deaths of loved ones.  These all took time – years.

Now I see how I’ve lost focus and how I’ve been discouraged.  These too, took time.  So I’ve paired my life down to one woman, one business and fewer friends.   I look at my few achievements and I am gratified that I’ve accomplished even the little I have but the past “hangs on me like chains” as Orson Welles once said after his second personal bottle of wine at lunch.

I have stories, so many more than I could ever tell and now a bit more time to tell them.  If I can just lift these chains a bit to free my hands.


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