As the reality of the city was so grim, there can be few explanations other than its own myth, a potence
which the film director Almodovar has expressed in a nutshell: 'You are more authentic the more you resemble the dream you have of yourself': (4) Is this specific to Liverpool or general to all cities?
Ainsi, l'homme de la potence
est pendu par les cheveux (Ducasse 258) et le Createur laisse derriere lui un cheveu comme temoin de sa depravation au << lupanar >> (Ducasse 237).
It is called a potence
(a French word for gallows), and consists of a vertical pole with horizontal beams and ladders attached, allowing the bird-keeper to swing round and visit each of the nesting-boxes in turn and to grab either pigeons, squabs or eggs.
In his 1806 supplement to that work, "On the Relation of the Real and the Ideal," this synthetic relation becomes the Band, the Dritte, enacting the identity or indifference of the real and ideal that makes each a potence
Thomas Noel's The City and the Saloon, for instance, argued that "[t]he obsession with virility, potence
, bodybuilding and the sports that characterized turn-of-the-century America permeated saloons.