I'm at work carving my Paper Moon Linoleum block of Love Puppets- Leo and Lang.
Once upon a time, before cameras were common and digital imagery had replaced film, everyone’s local fair or carnival featured set photography where a photo portrait might be taken to document the day, a friendship or love. Paper moons were a standard set.
The song Paper Moon was written in 1932 and had already been recorded by many artists when in 1973 Peter Bogdanovich gave it new life by using it as background music and naming his movie, starring Ryan O’Neal, Tatum O’Neal and Madeline Kahn, Paper Moon. The film has since become a classic and words to the song indelible.
“It is only a
paper moon, Sailing over a cardboard sea
But it wouldn’t be make believe if you believed in me...”
Given the time and place I’ve imagined my characters Leo and Lang born to, they must have sat in a paper moon and acknowledged their own true love.
“It's a Barnum and Bailey world, Just as phony as it can be
But it wouldn't be make believe If you believed in me...”