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 Art of American Fantasy #19


Vanwall said...

I had one of these back in the day. It kinda creeped me out after a while.

Testify said...

Its certainly a tasteful toy. I want one!

Reno Sepulveda said...

Jeez I "built" one too. Also built the Tijuana Taxi

The In Crowd said...

Yep, I built that one. (& the TJ Taxi Too)

Looking at the ad brings flashbacks, I clearly remember all the little 'chrome-plated' plastic parts - - hubcaps, grille work, etc. - - and how you had to sort of shave the chrome off wherever you were going to apply that smelly Testor's glue, or it wouldn't hold.

I remember the skeletal 'desert fox' figure winding up a total sticky mess. Very difficult to get his arms to stick out perpendicular to the body without sagging.

I remember thinking it was very cool, but at the time being unclear on who Rommel was. I also remember how I basically sucked at building models, and how the finished product never looked as good as the picture, though the process was fun.