It began in the Paris underground of World War II and evolved over thirty years into a phenomenon that so overturned cultural norms that it could not survive

Bona fide revolutions—whether political, cultural, or spiritual —occur infrequently in history, and it’s possible to pass an entire lifetime without experiencing one. What, then, do transcendence seekers or would-be revolutionaries do in the meantime? One option is nightlife, one of society’s few sanctioned antidotes to the monotony of the day-to-day, or what the French call le quotidien .

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