As it turned out I wrote two very different stories about Orlando this week. One about the past, one about the recurring present.
For Timeline: In the 70s, Orlando’s gay bars catalyzed a community
It’s a story that deserved to be told better. Which it was to some extent by the memory palace, in a 10-minute tribute to White Horse, the maybe-oldest gay bar in the United States. It’s been around since the thirties.
Listen. A White Horse.
It boils down to this:
But ultimately, with as many answers as we report and confirm and document, one unanswerable question will remain: the question of why a man would pick up a gun and shoot 100 people while they danced.