Quote from Charlatan – But in a Sense, I Think, They are Tragic.

This quote was in “Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam” which I finished today. The quote is talking about “the goat gland doctor” J.R. Brinkley but it reminded me of our present time.

It must be a terrible thing to have keep telling the world how great you are and to want so badly to achieve what is really impossible. We have much to fear from these people, but in a sense, I think, they are tragic.

The book was a pretty fascinating read on a quack doctor who is probably responsible for country music and whose influenced helped rock music spread (his border blaster radio station definitely nationalized the then regional country music, we have the Carter Family thanks to him, and was eventually replaced by the likes of Wolfman Jack and other border blaster rocks stations). He was definitely a crock but the creativity of his con jobs was quite impressive.

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