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Walt Whitman: Dedicated Follower of Fashion

Has anyone seen the television commercial for Levis that is currently running in the US? A bunch of faux-Robert Frank images (but to be honest, well shot faux-Robert Frank is a million times better than faux-Herb Ritts...or real Herb Ritts for that matter), some tarted up Charles Ives music and a crackly recording of some dude reading a somewhat familiar poem. Turns out dude is Walt f-in' Whitman. Walt Whitman. Selling jeans. This could be one of the signs of the Apocalypse. Or just one more reason why I love advertising.

You know the scene it's very hum-drum
And my favorite song's entitled "Boredom"...
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If you search carefully in the 1843 draft of Leaves of Grass you will find this poem

I have those pants
Those American pants, blue like the ocean
As I touch my groin and grunt, all America do with me
Even Lewis
The guy who sells grocery
I touch myself, but I am not a high school collegial, I am a man with blue pants
Used by all America
Even women, but them are not as good as me.
Even Lincoln shall be buried while using one
My captain!
But America will never accept
Those blue pants I mime – the ocean, because I am wet.


Walt threw it away because his sense of fashion. Frankly I understand the guy. Jeans is not cool. Too obvious, very blue. Everything (or everything that matters, I hope Fangio does not go using one) looks better with skirts or a dress.

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When once the lillies in the dooryard bloomed...
The gardener wore a pair of well-fitting dungarees.

You know the scene it's very hum-drum
And my favorite song's entitled "Boredom"...
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