Foreign News: Le Striptease

Envious Americans have long considered the French their unchallenged masters in the art of theatrical nudity, and many a Minsky patron has dreamed of the unlikely day when he might graduate to an evening of the famed Folies-Bergère. But the fact is that the Minsky form of perambulant, progressive nudity known as the striptease is an American art form.

One day some five years ago (reportedly after a conversation with Bing Crosby), a Parisian antique dealer named Alain Bernardin got to ruminating over the difference between U.S. art forms and those of his...

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