Relevant Quote #56

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Calling All Boys (vol. 2, #14; November, 1947)

"Moral self-infatuation has its own corruptions, after all. With time, almost every other principle acquired an ironic echo, a sort of cackling aftermath."
-- Renata Adler

4 comments:

swac said...

Wow...that cover is disturbing on so many levels...

Tom Sutpen said...

Isn't it, though.

When I saw it early this morning, I thought it had to be a joke; a skillful mock-up someone created. After all, rumors about Hoover had been circulating, at least around Washington, since the 20s. Why he'd willingly participate in something that could only have kept those whispers alive (though now they'd be mixed with a healthy dose of derision) is mind-boggling.

At any rate, the cover is real. And the irony just radiates from it, don't it.

Rob said...

Ah, those innocent days of yesteryear. Doubtless Hoover saw this as a self-promotional tool, and as he and many others at that time lived in a strange, isolated universe of their own, I daresay nary a discouraging word was heard. I find Hoover's face disturbing in its own right, let alone plastered on a come-along pean to the gullible youths. Blech!

BCNU

Tom Sutpen said...

Rob wrote:

Ah, those innocent days of yesteryear. Doubtless Hoover saw this as a self-promotional tool, and as he and many others at that time lived in a strange, isolated universe of their own, I daresay nary a discouraging word was heard.

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Probably not. I don't think any of the whisperings about Hoover surfaced into public earshot until the late 1960s. It was strictly a Washington phenomenon. My guess is Hoover didn't even know about this cover. The Public Relations office at the Bureau routinely allowed his likeness to be used in all manner of publications, so long as they conferred greater glory upon the FBI and, more important to their mission, J. Edgar Hoover himself.