Monday, October 29, 2007

Control The Night






One of the most mystifying ads I see while driving through Detroit is a billboard for Seagrams gin with the caption "Sip, Sip, Snip, Snip." It shows a cartoon scene (think cover art from Marvin Gaye's "Got To Give It Up" album) of a woman drinking and cutting a man's hair. This strikes me as a horrible combination, much like eating gum and nuts at the same time or a horrible cheese I tried once in Frankenmuth (a strange little Christmasland a couple hours outside of Detroit famous for chicken dinners and waiters wearing lederhosen --what's not to love?) -- chocolate cheddar. When combined with the other gin ads that they run -- Control the Night and Make Him Tell You His Secrets makes for an interesting triumvirate: an updated Samson and Delilah in the heart of Detroit with a propensity for gin. If you love me, Delilah said, you will tell me your whole heart. In modern times, all she would have needed is a lot of booze or a bag of heroin, and Samson would have gladly hopped up into the barber chair and asked for a buzz cut while telling himself that his strength didn't matter all that much and that he could always get it back, the lie we believe for as long as we can when we have given too much away.

Gin is not my poison of choice -- it makes me giddy, then depressed and usually black-out drunk, not something I aspire to, no matter how much I love John Cheever's writing. It goes down way too easy, the taste of a Christmas tree on the tongue. As for controlling the night, it's an idea that I love, but could never buy. As much of a handle as we might have on ourselves, it's tentative at best, a thin veneer that is always in danger of cracking. The night is outside us and inside us and reflected in neon puddles by a moon that is always full. And with our blood full of things that will kill us, we will never die, but merely be covered by black leaves, the kind you see in magazines and window displays advertising Halloween decorations for children and adults alike.

Michelle's Spell of the Day
"Death is the sound of distant thunder at a picnic." W. H. Auden

Cocktail Hour
Drinking novel suggestion: Perfume Patrick Suskind

Benedictions and Maledictions
Happy Monday!

14 comments:

The Crypt Kicker Five said...

Tell them Boris sent you.

Dark Shadows Vampire said...

I feel fine. I'm not reflecting a bit.

Bwian Wilson said...

Hi, I'm Bwian Wilson. I can get lots of surf boards in your car. Happy Weeeny!

Brian Cox said...

You've had too many G and T's my dear.--Match Point

Life of Brian said...

Fuck off! We're the People's Front of Judea.

George Costanza said...

My mother made me into a sugar plum fairy one Halloween. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Max Cleeland said...

Trick of Treat! Smell my feet!

Charles Gramlich said...

that last paragraph could stand on it's own. Some beautiful writing there. Reminds me, somehow, perhaps in cadence a bit, of Bradbury's "October People."

Margaret Hamilton said...

Bring me that little girl!!!And her dog, too!!!

Marcy Franklin said...

He just kept saying, "Surrender, Dorothy!" He wouldn't stop.

eric1313 said...

I love the collapse comments option! I highly recommend it--who cares what the old wash-up has to utter under his breath, anyway.

Charles did bring up an excellent point. Your second paragraph reminded me of one of your older poems. And it flowed like the sweet liquor that you described, like the Rio Grande at the end of All My Friends Are Going To Be Strangers.

Have a great Halloween week!

Cheri said...

Thanks for pointing that out, Eric!
Of course all the cool cats have real blogs and not phony names to hide behind..

Pythia3 said...

That quote explains so much for me, Michelle! Yes, that's it.
I have done some great cuts while intoxicated. Those disco days are gone, though. All that loose, carefree, irrelevant fun.
Halloween is in the air...I love it.

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