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 #43


Macduff:
What three things does drink especially provoke?

Porter:
Marry, sir, nose-painting, sleep, and
Urine. Lechery, sir, it provokes, and unprovokes;
It provokes the desire, but it takes
Away the performance: therefore, much drink
May be said to be an equivocator with lechery:
It makes him, and it mars him; it sets
Him on, and it takes him off; it persuades him,
And disheartens him; makes him stand to, and
Not stand to; in conclusion, equivocates him
In a sleep, and, giving him the lie, leaves him.
-- William Shakespeare

3 comments :

Rob said...

Was this Vietnam era shot? I didn't know ole Bob had a mamma-san, but then, what happens on the road stays on the road, I guess.

BCNU

swac said...

And why does he look like he has a moustache?

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen asked:

And why does he look like he has a moustache?

*****
I could think of about a dozen answers to that; all of them filthy.

As for Rob's query. Hope had many many mama-sans, and not just on the road.

As Hope himself used to say: Grrrrrr