The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Prodotti #7

Amaro Gambarotta (1928)

I've read that this is an ad for a tuxedo maker. I'm not sure why they're implying that their tuxedos will make your right knee disappear...that man does not look happy with his clothing. However a little Googling reveals that Amaro Gambarotta is actually a brand of booze, which makes the whole "legless" thing a bit more plausible.


Tom Sutpen said...

Strange. First thing I thought of when I saw this was that it was an example of Art Deco European racial streotypin'. It looks a little like something that emerges from that pathology, anyway.

swac said...

There's enough of that in Italian Art Deco...scroll down to that orange soda ad that I ran previously (it's a little more blatant...although not as bad as the old Robertson Marmalade golliwogs).