The bicycle-and-cake device at the bottom seems to be knitting the hunk holding the green vase.
So ‘Sexmax’ is reproduction by Heath Robinson devices that make multiple copies of Noosha Fox and the bloke from the Cillit Bang advert.
@Tat Wood — Well cheerio mate, if you want to keep us Yanks from enjoying the joke you’re doing a bloody good show!
From goodreads: The plot deals with a benevolent future government that provides any man who lives until the age of fifty with a period of state-sponsored sexual license: Sexmax. Meanwhile, widows are assigned their own computer-matched sex partners.
I guess the widows get government-funded eHarmony accounts because all the old dudes got Sexmaxed to death before 50.
Anyway, since Brave New World and 1984 were both takeoffs of Zamyatin’s We I can assume that Sexmax here is neither very different nor original.
@Bibliomancer: in the age of online, it’s easy to investigate and broaden your horizons. It’s what we’ve had to do when watching imported television and films made by and for parochial Americans. When ‘Sesame Street’ was first shown on LWT they had to explain most of what people were saying in a five-minute slot afterwards. ‘Quarters’, ‘sidewalks’, ‘junebugs’… it was more foreign than the Czech cartoons and Yugoslav film series we got shovelled onto us in summer.(‘Gilligan’s Island’, on the other hand, never aired in the UK so try to imagine how perplexing all the endless references to that in Pynchon and pop culture seem.) You might want to look up what ‘cheerio’ means while you’re at it. Don’t think walls, think bridges.
Back to the cover… the Moon seems to be orbiting the Moon.
@Tat13—well put; and while I’m here, on behalf of the Bibliomancer, I’ll think “bridges,” Lloyd Bridges to be exact, star of Sea Hunt, underwater detective who constantly had to endure his air hose getting slashed by evil smugglers and such. Just another piece of good bad Yank TV you all no doubt had foisted upon you during your tender years. There may well be a reference to the show somewhere in Pynchon, so I just figured, why not be helpful? At any rate, Bridges, fictional, metaphoric and literal, should indeed be today’s Sesame Street theme.