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Don’t Do It

September 24, 2013 | by

This Dewar’s ad uses words (well, some of them) from Charles Bukowski’s “so you want to be a writer?” While it is all very sweeping and epic and generally the most movingly crass blend of commerce and poetry since Walt Whitman started shilling for Levi’s, the voice actor (cleverly identified by Open Culture as one Tom O’Bedlam) sounds approximately zero percent like Bukowski. But no one can fault the marriage of subject and product. 

 

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  1. anna williams | September 24, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Fantastic, I can’t help but admire some of these advertisement’s that come into the world, I guess – that’s where all the brilliant creative types go. I’m afraid I am all too easily pulled into the passionate sense of longing some of these advertisements bring. I am one that needs a daily feed of epic sweeping orchestral moments, even if the outcome is just another sales pitch.

  2. Percy Dovetonsils | September 24, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Oh man, what a great ad! I immediately poured a large glass of Dewars, no ice, and drained it while my wife yelled “Don’t do it!”

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