The church and the whorehouse arrived in the Far West simultaneously. And each would have been horrified to think it was a different facet of the same thing. But surely they were both intended to accomplish the same thing: the singing, the devotion, the poetry of the churches took a man out of his bleakness for a time, and so did the brothels. — John Steinbeck (East of Eden)

Photo by Tonya Britton, Church and Music Hall, Festival Hill, Texas, Copyright 2011

The church and the whorehouse arrived in the Far West simultaneously. And each would have been horrified to think it was a different facet of the same thing. But surely they were both intended to accomplish the same thing: the singing, the devotion, the poetry of the churches took a man out of his bleakness for a time, and so did the brothels. — John Steinbeck (East of Eden)

Photo by Tonya Britton, Church and Music Hall, Festival Hill, Texas, Copyright 2011