The Hole Thing

What makes a dive a dive?

Try telling that to Karl Rove.

When we sobered up enough, we figured out the relationship between the crushed beer cans in our car and the strange, circular bruises on our foreheads. We also decided a dive is nothing more than a comfortable reminder that simplicity and a T-shirt, wet or dry, still have a place in the night. The best examples allow trend-followers to drop all pretensions for an evening and enjoy a conversation without simultaneously scoping the room. Unfortunately, a burst of popularity from the fickle set, a deliberate attempt at trailer park aesthetics or a truly down-on-their-luck crowd can force a dive into oblivion.

A real dive provides something different and familiar at the same time. Or, as Bowen reminds us, "It is what it is, whether it's glorious or ugly."

In fact, it may be both.

« Previous Page
 |
 
1
 
2
 
All
 
My Voice Nation Help
0 comments
Sort: Newest | Oldest
 
Loading...