On the Make: The Hustle of Urban Nightlife by David Grazian

By David Grazian

David Grazian’s riveting travel of downtown Philadelphia and its newly bustling nightlife scene finds the town as an city playground the place every person dabbles in video games of probability and perpetrates difficult cons. leisure within the urban has developed right into a specialist replete with set designers, degree administrators, and approach actors whose superb illusions tempt even the shrewdest of shoppers. As interesting and illuminating because the confessional tales it recounts, at the Make is an interesting expos? of the smoke and mirrors hired within the urban at evening. (20070403)

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30 According to a busboy at Continental Mid-Town, “You learn how to interact with the customers. ” Madison elaborates: “Absolutely, I remember specifically Stephen giving that instruction, of course, always yielding to the guest when you are going through the dining room if a guest is coming by. ” In its guidelines on scripted procedures in customer interactions, the staff handbook used by Barclay Prime instructs servers, “Smile easy and often. Smiling is a very big part of our business. Be ready with that smile at all times.

If you go down just beneath it, you will see a medium gray—that’s Bordeaux. Bordeaux is, I am sure everyone’s heard the word before, that’s almost the origination of wine. That’s where your first roast, your second roast, your Lafites, your Margaux, that’s where they come from. And if you go to your second page, you’ll see Bordeaux as a region broken down into subappellations. And I know it’s a lot of wording in there. There are really only five or six areas that I want you to know. . So this is a brief overview of Bordeaux, but again the main things that I want you to come away from this are (a) you know where France is, and (b) within France you know where the wine regions are, and we are strictly talking about Bordeaux.

The night lives of University of Pennsylvania students are nevertheless an important piece of the puzzle outlined in these introductory pages. Penn students make up a significant proportion of Philadelphia’s collegiate population, and many are newcomers to the city and therefore contribute to the overall anonymity of its worlds of nightlife and downtown entertainment. A sizable number of Penn’s students hail from affluent backgrounds and thus possess the requisite disposable income, leisure time, and cultural capital necessary F R I D AY N I G H T I N P H I L A D E L P H I A 25 for participation in the city’s dining and nightclub scenes.

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