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 Moxie #3


Goodbye, Columbus
(Larry Peerce, 1969)

Moxie sightings in the realm of recent pop culture are rare, and after my first sighting in MAD Magazine, the presence of this glass Moxie lamp in a family rec room in the 1969 film of Philip Roth's Goodbye, Columbus was one of the few I ever came across. Of course, it's simply a prop or a bit of set dressing, but there's always that inevitable frisson when its logo mysteriously appears.

1 comment :

Vanwall said...

Cool Lamp! I'd love to have one like that. I'm sure the set dresser knew what that sign meant, as well.

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