The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Relevant Quote #9

(Albert Ayler, as a child)

"Anybody who has listened to certain kinds of music, or read certain kinds of poetry, or heard certain kinds of performances on the concertina, will admit that even suicide has its brighter aspects."
-- Stephen Leacock

Seminal Image #24

Relevant Quote #8


"I do not have the effrontery to consider myself an artist at all, not in the grand old meaning of the word: Giotto, Titian, Rembrandt, Goya were great painters. I am only a public clown. A mountebank."
-- Pablo Picasso

Seminal Image #23

They Were Collaborators #4


Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey

Relevant Quote #7


"Show me someone without an ego, and I'll show you a loser."
-- Donald Trump

Tricky: Scenes from a Life #5


Tricky samples the local cuisine (1972)

Relevant Quote #6


"I find life superior to anything I could invent"
-- Delmore Schwartz

Tricky: Scenes from a Life #4


Tricky shakes his fist at the working press (1968)

Relevant Quote #5


And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like?

They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.
-- Luke 7: 31-32

Tricky: Scenes from a Life #3


Tricky does the town with a former employee (1978)

A Portrait of Simple, Unaffected Beauty in Less Fearful Times


Françoise Hardy

Relevant Quote #4


"Any artist should be grateful for a naive grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately."
-- Saul Bellow

(many thanks to Bob Keser for this image)

They Were Collaborators #3


Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy (R-WI) and Roy M. Cohn

Seminal Image #22

Tricky: Scenes from a Life #2


Tricky discovers TV land (1952)

Relevant Quote #3


"America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy"
-- John Updike

Poetry Corner #1

Ozymandias (by Percy Bysshe Shelley)

I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whos frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed;

And on the pedestal these words appear:
'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away".

Tricky: Scenes from a Life #1


Tricky, Upstaged by a Chagall in Israel (1974)

Relevant Quote #2


"The cry of the poor is not always just, but if you don't listen to it, you will never know what justice is"
-- Unknown

They Were Collaborators #2


Burt Bacharach and Hal David

A Portrait for Jack Stalnaker


Tuesday Weld, when she was never lovelier
(thanks for the link, Jack)

Artists in Action #16

Seminal Image #21

Great Junkies of the 20th Century #7


Wallace Reid

Orpheus in Action #11


Orpheus Before the Multitudes

Great Artists Always Make It Look Easy


Buster Keaton and Roscoe Arbuckle help defy the Laws of Gravity.

(many thanks to Stephen Cooke for this image)

Great Junkies of the 20th Century #6


Elvis Aron Presley

They Were Collaborators #1


Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich

Seminal Image #20

Maybe It's Just Me, But . . .


. . . there's something slightly obscene about this.

Artists in Action #15

A Portrait of Rare Beauty in Less Fearful Times


Anna May Wong

(my thanks to Stephen Cooke for this image)

A Gilmpse Back at What Once Was


The Roxy, on 42nd st.

Artists in Action #14

Great Junkies of the 20th Century #5


Billie Holiday

Seminal Image #19

A Still for Jack Stalnaker


Mike and Velda, as the Apocalypse Begins

Artists in Action #13

Great Junkies of the 20th Century #4


Jerry Lewis