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.
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.