Lou Reed at Joe's Pub last night, reading "Howl," pauses after the line "who sank all night in submarine light of Bickford's" and says "Is anybody here old enough to remember Bickford's? You're not missing anything. Just imagine a really seedy Starbucks."
It was a strange evening. A drunk man next to me made jazz hands at Keren Ann while crying into his champagne, and lustily echoed the word "cock" every time Lou Reed uttered it. The highlight was definitely the performance by "other Nico" (quoth Lou).