This Provincetown Barn Is My New Favorite Place On Cape Cod – rented out the barn in the summers of 1959 and 1960, according to a passage in Peter Manso’s book “Ptown: Art, Sex, and Money on the Outer Cape.”

A passage from the book describing Mailer’s tenure reads, “This was the writer’s ‘existential’ phase, when he was experimenting with orgy and the so-called transcendental powers of marijuana. Mailer’s guests often found themselves making their way up and down the hillside through clumps of writhing bodies.”

When Mailer rented out the barn, it was a “lot about the naked as opposed to the dead,” said Prager, referencing one of the writer’s books. The barn also might be responsible for the existence of Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro, whose parents met as art students in the building, said Prager. “Lots and lots of different things went on here,” he said.

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Art, sex, and money on the Outer Cape? Sign me up! Do you have any idea how much money I would pay to get drunk with Jackson Pollock and dance with Tennessee Williams?

I’m pretty sure this is a common thought for people like us, but I was born way too late. Shit just used to be so much cooler than it is now. (Yes I said people like us, like it or not, if you are reading this then we are alike)

Oh yeah and this…

Dear World,

You’re welcome for Robert De Niro. If it weren’t for us you wouldn’t have Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and Meet The Fockers. We are cooler than you.

Love, Cape Cod

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