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Feb 10

A bottle of boobsClick for larger image

Rick Deckard Comments: I thought it was 42.

Published 1985

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 7.63 out of 10)
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19 Responses to “The Secret of Life”

  1. Tracy Says:

    This looks like an Absolute Vodka ad!

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    Woah, buddy, I think you’ve had enough.

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    So, booze, boobs, bullets, and inexplicable racism then?

  4. fred Says:

    The artist absolutely nailed the 60’s hippie clothing, hair, and drug of choice. It’s like watching that hippie ep of ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’.

  5. griz Says:

    If I could save girls in a bottle, the first one I’d save would be you…

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    Bullets, Asians, Sixties. Must be a ‘Nam book.

  7. Tor Mented Says:

    Upper left:
    Queue queue
    Han in Hand

  8. Tor Mented Says:

    Lower right: I think I’ll have a nip.

  9. Bruce A Munro Says:

    That’s a fancy drink: with mescal, the most you get is a worm.

    @GSS, Tor Mented

  10. Ryan Says:

    The three ammunition cartridges fascinate me. Are they suspended in midair, or falling in unison from a level surface without tumbling? Or perhaps the artist meant to portray the bullets as having been fired, but only had whole cartridges with intact casings to model his or her work upon?

    Also, is the jewel in the lower left shining a spotlight on his groin? Does the pyramid mean he is a member of the Illuminati? Perhaps the five guys in the queue queue are an astral projection from his illuminated mind?

    He does seem to be sort of theatrical with his gesturing, as in, “Voila, five stereotypical Chinese guys and a jewel that highlights my privates! This is indeed the secret of life!”

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    I wonder if this was inspired by Poe’s great short story “Ms. Found in a Bottle.”

  12. JuanPaul Says:

    Missus in a bottle
    I’ll send sexy chick to the world

  13. THX 1139 Says:

    @fred: Or the hippy episode of Star Trek.

  14. Bruce A Munro Says:

    I wonder if the row of Chinese stereotypes is a reference to the old “Marching Chinese” head-scratcher? Supposedly, if you sit down and have the entire population of China march in single file past you, the line never ends, since new Chinese are born at least as fast as individuals pass you. It’s about reproduction, overpopulation, (fear of foreigners), etc., so it might fit in a book entitled “The Secret of Life.”

  15. Bibliomancer Says:

    @BC – Perhaps you are thinking of E.A. Poe’s “A Tell-Tale Tart”

  16. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @B’Mancer—Now that you mention it, yeah, or maybe “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pimm’s.”

  17. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Yeah, that’s pretty damn 60’s — big bullets and tiny Vietnamese people. And booze with tits. Bet the artist just painted his flashbacks to tripping.

    Not to be confused with James Taylor’s song “Secret O’Life”, which… yeah OK there were 60’s drugs, but at least you can sing it and your mother won’t look at you funny for it.

    I’m only surprised the artist resisted the punny impulse to paint the booze as a jug instead of a bottle. And how did dude’s left hand get so mangled?

    @griz: GSS!

  18. A. R. Yngve Says:

    “If Billy has five Red Guards and three bullets and one naked genie in a bottle… how many things does he have?”

  19. DaveM Says:

    The 80’s reboot of “I dream of Jeannie” was panned for overt racism and stylistic differences from the 60’s original. Though around half the viewing audience approved of the changes to Jeannie’s costume.

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