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 #48: The St. Patrick's Day Edition


"Mistakes are the portals of discovery."
-- James Joyce

3 comments :

swac said...

Weird...for a second there I thought that was Ewan McGregor...

swac said...

Even weirder, I opened up this B&W photo mag today, with a Diane Arbus cover, and there was the poor Republican staring back out at me.

You have a subscription Tom?

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen wrote:

Even weirder, I opened up this B&W photo mag today, with a Diane Arbus cover, and there was the poor Republican staring back out at me.

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I'm not a huge Diane Arbus fan . . . the freak show element in her work has never appealed to me . . . but I've always liked this photo nonetheless.

You have a subscription Tom?

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Nope. Got it off the web, which is where I get all the stuff I post. I guarantee if I had a scanner you'd see the quality of my entries leap geometrically.