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 #51

Love Doctor
(by Florence Stonebreaker)
(Stanley Library; 1958)


Vanwall said...

Hey ladies, I'm hangin' my shingle out in Love Doctorin'. I got me a mail-order degree from the Potrzebie College of Medicinal Arts and Culinary Skills in that that specialty. With honors, mind ya.

R.H. said...


The filthy beast!

This is outrageous.

I demand his patient records!

-Dr Robert.
(House calls a speciality)

slyboots2 said...

If that is the "Love Doctor" (wasn't there a song by Kiss about that???) in the background, I'll pass. He is icky.

Brent McKee said...

They must be man-starved if they're dropping their knickers for him.

estiv said...

Of course no woman could resist a hunk like that.

Tom Sutpen said...

I'll bet the Doctor of Love is in fact the Art Director for whatever outfit published these tomes; his presence no doubt an in joke of some sort.

Mr DeBakey said...

Florence Stonebreaker?

I think I've met her

slyboots2 said...

OMG- I just figured it out- he resembles Burl Ives as Big Daddy. That's what has been skeeving me out about this picture. Imagine Burl Ives as the Love Doctor- you'll shudder for sure.

Brent McKee said...

"Of course no woman could resist a hunk like that."

Yes, but a hunk of what exactly?

Vanwall said...

A hunk of fire hose would be his only attraction with the lights on.

Actually, I swear I've seen that face on the screen in a minor role, but I can't put a name to it.

Mac said...

Victor Buono, gotta be. He of "Baby Jane," "Robin & the 7 Hoods," Batman's King Tut and the brilliant album "Heavy!" I'd even put money on it that he's "Florence Stonebraker!"

Vanwall said...

Herb Voland, maybe, or Parley Baer...whoever it was, I seem to remember him from a noir or two.