Joel Renaldo

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Joel Renaldo (born about 1870 in New York City) was a restaurateur whose two story Bohemian restaurant, Joel Renaldo's Café, at 206 West 41st Street near Times Square in New York City was a Manhattan institution before and after the First World War. Max Weber's, oil painting, "Joel's Cafe," done in 1909 or 1910, portrays the bar. In 1910 he self-published his theory of evolution, "polygeneric theory", which hypothesized that each species was independently created when its time had come. In 1921, following raids on his establishment,[1] Psychoanalysis of the "Reformer" A Further Contribution to the Sexual Theory which purported to demonstrate that the passion for reform of their neighbors by those who favored prohibition was a neurosis akin to a passion for "rape" or "eating caviar" was published.[2] [3][4]


  1. ^ "SEIZE $75,000 LIQUOR IN BIG 'DRY' DRIVE". The New York Times. September 2, 1920. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ Renaldo, Joel (1921). Psychoanalysis of the "Reformer" A Further Contribution to the Sexual Theory. Lee Publishing Company. p. 25. 
  3. ^ "You Mustn't Crack Up the Darwinian Theory at Joe's". The New York Times. November 2, 1913. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ Peters, Lisa N. (February 18, 2011). "Max Weber’s Joel’s Café: A Forgotten New York Establishment Comes to Light". Spanierman Modern Contemporary and Modern Art Blog. Retrieved March 26, 2011. 


  • Rinaldo's Polygeneric Theory, self-published (1910), hardcover
  • Psychoanalysis of the "Reformer" A Further Contribution to the Sexual Theory, preface by Andre Tridon, Lee Publishing Company (1921), 137 pages, hardcover, a modern print to order version is available.

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