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

Great Moments in Marketing #2


Eddie Cantor's Tell It to the Judge board game, early '30s


Tell It to the Judge: the board

3 comments :

slyboots2 said...

Ye gods that is frightening...and it's a child's game? Reminds me of the poster for Magic (the movie)- and associated trauma from my youth...

swac said...

As I can gather, Cantor has to get from home to the club house without getting pulled over and having to fight tickets in court, or some such thing. I think he even gets to stop for drinks along the way...

There's a later version of this game that doesn't involve Cantor at all (and I have a set of it with a completely different box, with a more cartoony Cantor charicature).

Ivan G. said...

As Carson himself would say: "That is wild, wild stuff..."