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 #64

4 comments :

Handsome said...

My older brother had one of these in the mid 1960s, back when Mattel was unquestionably the Rolls Royce of toy companies.

goomba said...

I had one of these. I will never forget the smell of cooking plastic and wondering what the hell I'll do with this dumb little boat I'd made.

Vanwall said...

The key to Vac-U-Forming was absolutely not using their molding forms - making your own was the fun part. Had to get the heat just right and pump the vac like hell to make it worth the trouble in the first place, so why waste the effort on somebody else's ideas?

Laura Charles said...

I had one, along with the Creepy Crawlers add-on that allowed me to cook rubber insects, too.

Looks like they're making Plastigoop again. Pity I've long since parted with the equipment.