RARA-AVIS: Willeford's The Ubiquitous Roach Clip

From: Michael S. Chong (menglish47@yahoo.com)
Date: 05 May 2010

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    Due to the strength of the Canadian dollar, I have been perusing eBay for vintage PBOs and came across this:


    The Ubiquitous Roach Clip by Charles Willeford

    "Wherein Is Set Down Briefly the Whole Matter of Its History, Utility and Beauty As Art Form and Artifact. Santa Barbara: Pride of Tacoma Press, 2003. First Edition. A finely printed and wonderfully designed pamphlet limited to 150 numbered copies (the entire edition) signed by its graphic designer Michael Kellner. The first printing anywhere of Charles Willeford’s essay on the roach clip which is the device used for smoking marijuana. As new in the matching specially printed envelope. “...There is a common, jointly-held belief (whether it is true or not is immaterial) that the shorter the hand-rolled stick becomes the better it gets. The shorter the cigarette, you see, the more packed the residue - in tars, resins, ashes, bits of seeds, and essence cannabis. Therefore the last and final drag, all residue darkly presents us surely the greatest toke of the entire cigarette. Besides Mary Jane is an expensive broad, and it is certainly Un-American not to get one’s money’s worth....”"

    Has anyone read this?  Sounds fascinating.



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