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

A Kovacs Moment #3

Sgt. Ernie smokes underwater.


Fred said...

I love the connection between Kovacs and the cigar. If I remember correctly, he had Dutch Masters sponsoring his show? I also remember a great story about the comics from the 50s and their cigars. George Burns used to smoke El Producto queens because they used a cheap paper wrapper which would stay lit and not go out when he was doing his routine (the cheap cigars were more like cigarettes since they used paper wrappers and accelerants). However, the notoriously cheap Burns used to also smoke the El Productos around his fellow comedians, which was a problem b/c they are a particularly noxious brand of cigar. So one day, Kovacs got sick of dealing with it and gave Burns one of his fine Cuban cigars. Burns said "Thanks", put the Cuban in his pocket and proceeded to light up another stinkie El Producto.

swac said...

Yep, Dutch Masters it was. And he did particularly innovative ads for the cigars as part of the show (kinda like how Jack Benny would work Lucky Strikes references into his show).

You can see some of those ads here.

swac said...

>It looks like Edie Adams was seeing other cigars on the side.

estiv said...

Now swac, you know she was a widow by 1965, and therefore free to enjoy the comforts of other cigars. ;-)