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

The Golden Age of Prurience #41

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
(by Lewis Carroll; aka, The Rev. Charles Dodgson)
(MacMillan and Co., 1865)

Guest Contributor: Rob Carver


shahn said...

holy repackaging!
i wonder if it sells better with this cover.

Steve said...

This can't be real... can it?

H. P. L. said...

Where is the "Edited by Grace Slick" tag? ;-)


Tom Sutpen said...

I don't know for certain, but if I had to guess, I'd say this was some cheap paperback outfit's attempt to cash in on the psychedelic implications of the Rev. Dodgson's tale of a filthy schoolgirl's journey to the center of her mind. Of course, since most of these characters were stuck in the 1950s, they made it look like a Girl Gone Bad paperback from that epoch of publishing . . . the dopes.

All in all, I'd chalk it up to the marketing impulses of the 1960s.

Vanwall said...

There was whole series of "classic" paperbacks repackaged with pulpy covers - this is by far the most arresting, as if someone was to re-imagine it in a modernist style.