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 #31


Kim Novak gets her beauty rest on a Simmons mattress (1960)

5 comments :

John said...

Today, Beautyrest would get a "cease and desist" letter from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for its unauthorized use of the term "Oscar".

Tommy O'C said...

Now, if I could just get the thoughts I'm having about Ms. Novak to cease and desist...

Mrrspidey said...

Man, that woman does things to me. The scene in BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE where she's holding PI and staring into the camera -- yowza!

Rick Raab-Faber said...

I managed the advertising department for regional furniture chain for a while. We were NEVER allowed to advertise mattresses in any way that might indicate people did other things in bed than, sleep, jump, or tickle their children. Oddly, in mattress advertising, sex no longer sells. Tough luck, Kim.

Cashew said...

I'd've bought the mattress for Kim's sake before reading "this is the mattress with separate back-supporting springs that push up-up-up in the small of your back" -- that just sounds really uncomfortable.