Sunday, May 17, 2009

Paperback 227: Wait for Tomorrow / Robert Wilder (Bantam A1181)

Paperback 227: Bantam A1181 (1st ptg, 1953)

[UPDATED, 4pm Monday 5/18!]

Title: Wait for Tomorrow
Author: Robert Wilder
Cover artist: unknown

Yours for: $15

Best things about this cover:

  • "Get your own pillow, blondie! This one's taken."
  • "I know I said I wouldn't kick you out of bed, but ... I'm tired and you're squirmy."
  • "I'm the 'power' and you're the 'human weakness,' got it?"
  • "Help, I've fallen out of bed onto ... this remarkably plush carpet. Where'd you get this?"
  • Love the pseudo-lesbianism of it all: "Are we gay? I don't know ... do you want us to be gay?"

Best things about this back cover:

  • That delayed "... of our times" in the Herald-Tribune blurb is making me laugh. "OK boss, here's the tagline I'm thinkin' of: 'A pungent report' ... wait for it ... 'of our times!' Whadya think? Grabby, right? It tells people the story reeks, and then, just when they think it might be about the Middle Ages - BAM, we drop the contemporary relevance factor. They won't know what hit 'em, no sir."
  • Love the bottom picture - shortest dance audition ever. "Never gonna give ..." "Goodbye. Next!"

Page 123~

Now, though, the doors were thrown open to the public, and the saloon was loud and packed, sprinkled with shrill-voiced women who stood at the bar, drank their whiskey straight, and were aggressively determined to share a dubious equality with the male patrons.

Ah, dames.



JamiSings said...

How do they keep their blood red lipstick from smearing on the sheets? Or is that lipstick? Are they really vampires? Lesbian vampires? (Or bisexual ones seeing how the brunet is flirting with a man on the back cover. Unless he's lunch.)

Eunice said...

"Look at me when I'm talking to you! You want a taste of the back of my hand, Jon Polito?!"

Glad to see a new entry. *tears of joy*

Tulse said...

The blonde looks like she suffered some sort of congenital condition that moved her mouth an inch to the right.

libwitch said...

The blonde is clearly missing half her lower lip.

And the covers are very unhelpful here. I am confused as to what is going on. Are they lesbians? Con-artists? Predessesors to Themla and Louise? Who has the power? Hm. Its very non-enlightening.

Dirt Diggler said...

"A pungent report ... of our times."

*(That must mean it stinks!)* :D

Dirt Diggler said...

*p. 123 - " ... and were aggressively determined to share a DUBIOUS EQUALITY with the male patrons."

How's THAT for a euphemism for casual sex!

Elaine said...

Wait--no one said a WORD about the seriously uncomfortable position maintained by the woman on the bar-stool. Would a woman seeking "dubious equality" have to squinch down and hunch over? It would make ME wanna use a shrill voice to have to sit like that.