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

The 5,000 Creatures of Dr. S


Theodor Geisel is dead and gone, but Dr. Seuss turns 101 today. I'll be going do-mi-do-ing in my do-mi-do duds.

2 comments :

Rob said...

My mother felt he was somewhat subversive because his stories made no sense to her, and never let us read his books at home, so I read 'em all at the school library. ;-) Green Eggs and Ham is one of the Great Books, IMNSHO. I later worked for many years with a woman who grew up down the street from the good Dr., and has many fond memories of him - especially at Halloween. His great drinking buddy was Raymond Chandler, who lived down the street. They were legendary in here San Diego, and they must've been a helluva pair to draw too.

BCNU

swac said...

Seuss and Chandler out drinking?

Wow...I'm speechless.