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Louis C.K.'s 'Horace and Pete' channels Joseph Mitchell, Eugene O'Neill

Louis C.K.'s 'Horace and Pete' channels Joseph Mitchell, Eugene O'Neill

Bars are both bulwarks against change and its advance forces. Nothing signals gentrification like a fucking new brew pub and nothing has the musty and glorious sense of nostalgia of an old bar that seems to have escaped time.

But the past is a bastard. It is at once a refuge from the present and full of horrors we can't quite escape. This becomes clear in the new Louis C.K. show "Horace and Pete" from almost the first scene, when Uncle Pete (an astounding Alan Alda) says all kinds of racist shit in order to show that he isn't racist.

It's a story about a bar that two brothers named Horace and Pete opened in 1916 and have passed on to their sons named...

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