Apr 26

THE prophetic novel of 21st century happinessClick for larger image

Ryan Comments: After his third glass of whiskey, Cowboy Joe began to suspect his companion was a man dressed as a woman.

Published 1987

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: 7.14 out of 10)

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16 Responses to “A Death of Honor”

  1. Cornelius Says:

    The couple on the podium in the background demonstrate that the Twist will be making a comeback in the 21st century.

  2. THX 1139 Says:

    I believe you have happiness mixed up with inebriation. Or neckerchiefs.

  3. fred Says:

    It won’t kill you if you always leave some of it in the glass.

  4. Bruce A Munro Says:

    “Did you ever get the feeling someone was watching you?”

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    Don’t disrespect the neckerchief. Charlton Heston established it as a not too distant future trope in Soylent Green; reinforced by the character Fred “Fifi” Macaffee in the original Mad Max.

    The dancing, however, is a cocaine fueled nightmare. A white line nightmare, if you will.

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    1985: Rachel Ward decides that Quentin Tarantino needs to be home in bed, because the last smart-alec teenager who laughed at the Hootenanny was never seen again.

  7. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “It’sh crazy. I keep trying to pick up theesh shilver dollars but I can’t get hold of them. It’sh like some kind of magic trick or shomthin’. They’re jus sittin’ there on the bar but you can’t pick them up! Maybe I just haven’t drunk enough of thish flat beer.”

    “That’s ok, honey. Even if you can’t pick up the silver dollars, you can pick me up.”

    “(hic) I’d rather have the shilver dollers.”

  8. Francis Boyle Says:

    I suspect that what kills most people in this den of “happiness” is the complete lack of safety rails

  9. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Is the crowd at the back paying homage to the statues of The Glorious Martyrs of the People’s Frug Revolution?
    @Francis, your thoughts on how they became Martyrs?

    Nowadays the combo of blurb and art has a rather different meaning, more along the lines of “No social distancing and no masks? In a giant crowd? Picking up strangers while drunk? OF COURSE that’s going to kill you!”

  10. Tat Wood Says:

    If you have the uber-cool name ‘Joe Faust’, why dilute it with ‘Clifford’ unless there’s another one writing books in the same idiom?

    That idiom seems to be ‘near future dystopias set in sports bars’

  11. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob, Francis: beaten to death by a disgusted mob of clog-dancers with their wooden shoes?

    @Tat Wood: I think you left out a digit.

  12. Francis Boyle Says:


    Not being familiar with the concept of sports bars I read that as ‘near future dystopias set in sports bras’ which would be slightly more interesting.

    @GSS ex-noob, Bruce

    Or beaten to death by a disgusted mob of pole-dancers for not understanding how poles work.

  13. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Fell off a platform due to no safety rails, then beaten to death by the mob. Statue of Glorious Martyrs thus replicates the no-rails look.

    @Tat: I think this one might be a large bar divided into different sections: the Glorious Martyrs Memorial Dance Floor (with giant screen of Euro-trash videos), and the sports bar where Cowboy Joe has met whiskey and “Rachel”.

  14. A. R. Yngve Says:

    I dare you to find a single detail in this cover that even remotely matches how we live now.

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @ARY: Only the booze.

  16. JJYoyo Says:

    The two dancers in the back watched Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime” video once too often….

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