I Sing the Trousers Electric
October 26, 2009
A new Levi’s advertisement uses a wax-cylinder recording of what is believed to be Walt Whitman reciting his own poem.
Of course, it’s by no means Whitman’s first trousers ad —
O soul in general! Loafe! Proceed through
space with a hole in your trousers!
O tattered flag of freedom! not national free-
dom, nor any of that sort of infernal non-
sense, but individual freedom, freedom to
do just as you d — n please!