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 Industrial Age #1

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Al Goldstein, with fellow smut maven Myron Fass

"I usually don't get laid unless I pay for it. If I were a real swinger like Bernie Cornfeld or Hugh Hefner, I would be getting laid every night by lots of new people. That doesn't happen. But I'm obsessed with it. I feel I'm much more typical of the normal American male than affluent people who have their choice of harems."
-- Al Goldstein (from "The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry" by Legs McNeil and Jennifer Osborne)

7 comments :

Brooklyn Blowhard said...

I just stumbled upon your blog while in a valium haze, it's the best one I have ever seen among the crappy blogspotters. And a quote from Iggy!
Great stuff.

Gary
Brooklyn, NY

Tom Sutpen said...

Thanks, Gary. Your blog isn't too shabby either.

Keep visiting and commenting.

swac said...

So Tom...I take it you got your copy of The Other Hollywood? How is it?

Tom Sutpen said...

It's quite good. Not as comprehensive as "Please Kill Me!", but a more than commendatory effort. I certainly recommend it to our visitors.

Jack Crandall said...

At least you should give me photo credit when you swipe my pix. Jeff Goodman

Tom Sutpen said...

Well, Jack . . . or Jeff.

Doesn't that presuppose I knew you were the person who operated the machine which captured its contents?

Because I surely did not.

Jack Crandall said...

Yes you did, because the only other place online where it was posted had a very clear photo credit.