Time for another installment of Stream of Consciousness Saturday, hosted by Ms. Linda Hill. If you’d like to play along, click on the picture below for rules.
This week’s prompt: Scents/sense/cents, bonus word sent
The minute I saw the prompt for this week, this little ditty found its way to active memory:
My mother had some dusting powder by Heaven Sent, strange because it was actively marketed to the 12-25 female demographic. The commercials used to be sung by a guy, in fact, in a low-down, breathy tone, what passed for “sexy” in those heady days before the Summer of Love (see last week). I’m not sure if the dusting powder was Mom’s idea or that of one of her students for Christmas. My mother was more a Jean Naté girl, as I recall.
While we’re on the subject of scents (I guess that’s what we’re talking about) remember this commercial?
I just remember it as being a bit weird. Then I read Lolita. That explained a lot.
I had an English course in college during which we read both Lolita and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and the professor (a woman) seemed rather taken with this theme of older men being attracted to young girls. She told us Nabokov called the author of Alice “Lewis Lewis Carroll Carroll,” suggesting that Lewis Carroll was not that much different from Humbert Humbert, the anti-hero of Nabokov’s book. The day the professor declared that pre-pubescent girls were the prettiest creatures on earth was the day I dropped the class. It just got way too weird at that point. You might say that my sense of propriety stepped in and told me the class wasn’t for me.
And while we’re talking about this, I recently heard about Lolita fashion, a trend originating in Japan (along with cosplay and a whole bunch of other stuff I don’t really understand). It’s based on Victorian clothing styles, but seems to have branched off into a number of different directions, as things like this are wont to do. The styles don’t appear to have anything to do with the book; they probably have more to do with the anime craze than anything.
Anime actually makes a lot of sense. I watched Speed Racer when WFLD showed it back in the 1960’s. The station was doing its best to overtake WGN in the after-school-cartoon category, not an easy thing to do on a shoestring budget. Besides Speed Racer, they also showed a lot of the later Max Fleischer cartoons, such as “Out of the Inkwell” featuring Koko the Clown and Popeye. I think there was a little Betty Boop thrown in for good measure. Watching cartoons there was occasionally a weird experience. But we enjoyed it.
I think I’ll stop here… I think I quit making sense a while ago…