Mail Art Postcard No. 4627…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s Raymond Chandler quotation is from his 1943 novel The High Window:
His cheeks were shiny and his short sharp nose looked as if it had hung over a lot of quick ones in its time. A Hoover collar which no decent laundry would have allowed on the premises nudged his Adam’s apple and a black string tie poked a small hard knot out at bottom of the collar, like a mouse getting ready to come out of a mousehole.

Hm… Another of my silly (by the way, according to my book on the origin of words, Wordly Wise by James McDonald (1984), the word ‘silly’, before it acquired its current meaning, originally meant blessed or saintly…) mail art postcards, a simple collage using clippings from that awful British TV listings magazine What’s On TV.
Oh dear! More actors!
‘Alright lads, you’re supposed to be looking really cool and hard for this scene… Come on! Put a bit of uncaring ruthlessness into it for God’s sake, we haven’t got all morning! Could you seethe and smoulder just a little bit more?… Look, narrow your eyes and purse your lips a bit… there now… that’s better! Think about Clint Eastwood stroking his big warm gun… Good, that’s good!…’ Click!…

So, what about ‘Leather lined’ then Dave?
Well, I suppose it is quite meaningless – but the idea is, as in the titles of many of Magritte’s paintings, to makes one’s brain frantically search for a connection and some meaning between the presented image and the words – a fleeting simulacrum of surrealism bubbles up in the old brain – and that’s what its all about… just like the Hokey Cokey… is all this getting strange enough for you?… Me, I’ve not had breakfast yet… just a big mug of green tea… rumble rumble…

(By the way, I don’t think I have ever used the word ‘simulacrum’ in a post before – I have seen it used by other people in proper books, once or twice – and I don’t think I have employed it quite properly here, but, well… never mind…)

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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14 Responses to Mail Art Postcard No. 4627…

  1. Simulcrum, thought it was a small fishing village on the North East coast not far from Scarborough.

  2. I do like your use of the word “simulacrum”, and I had to go look it up as I had no idea what it meant! And your context was perfect in terms of the “image or representation of someone or something” definition. 🙂

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Ah, it’s another of those ‘clever’ words I picked up reading Vladimir Nabokov novels – he was bugger for his flashy words! You always needed a dictionary handy with good old Nabby!…

  3. You may well be familiar with a book called the Meaning of Liff which is by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd, recommended reading for the accurate meaning of place names. Great Tosson for instance which is in Northumberland ( really!! look on google maps ) is ” a fat book that contains four words and six cartoons and costs £6.95″

  4. ktz2 says:

    I’m curious and wondering how the word silly came to be so drastically changed in its meaning… How it came to be what it had been is mysterious to me– but then how did it evolve into some different agreed-upon definition ? One person decided to say no, it doesn’t mean That any longer (why ??), now it means This. Then one by one other people had to join in

  5. Dana Doran says:

    Whatever it is, I’m sure it’s not leather. It might be pleather, or vinyl……..wordpress decided that people who read this post, would also enjoy something by Life in the Realm of Fantasy…..bwahaha.

    • Dave Whatt says:

      ‘Pleather’ – I like the sound of that! Is it a real word, or one of yours Dana?…

      • Dana Doran says:

        hum…’s been in use since ‘vinyl’ took on a cheap, negative connotation when it comes to seating….when the novelty of a leather substitute was recognized as a cheap replacement, so ….I think it’s a real word….

      • Dave Whatt says:

        Well, I do like the sound of ‘pleather’!
        Now then, years and years ago we in the UK used to have something called ‘leatherette’ and there was another one called ‘Rexine’ – I believe you folk over the other side of the pond had something with the unlikely name of Naugahyde?
        I don’t know how I know that…

  6. David Manley says:

    Ere Dave its been an odd day…some tough talking set against the lovely weather…but you have bucked us up no end! I especially loved that Chandler line…my nose is round and red but has also hung over a lot of quick ones in its time!

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