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 #49

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"The power of hiding ourselves from one another is mercifully given, for men are wild beasts, and would devour one another but for this protection."
-- Henry Ward Beecher

4 comments :

Sam said...

Wow, everything's bigger. I like it, but why the changes?

Tom Sutpen said...

Ummmm. What changes, Sam?

Okay, I spent a few hours this morning modifying the template, which I'd been thinking of doing ever since I started this blog last year. I wanted something that looked a lot more stark, was a little more readable, and would accomodate larger images. I think I hit upon a more interesting design; a purely B&W presentation (the only color being in the images themselves), but unfortunately I saved the new template when I shouldn't have. It's only fair I consult Stephen on these kinds of changes before I make them permanent, so I changed it back to what's been here all along.

If Stephen concurs, we'll go with the new design in due course.

swac said...

Hey, if Michael Powell thought that Heaven was in black and white, I have no problem with it either.

BTW...is that Lenny Bruce behind that flag?

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen wrote:

Hey, if Michael Powell thought that Heaven was in black and white, I have no problem with it either.

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Excellent! But before I make the change permanent I'll have to tinker with it some more to make sure everybody's browser can carry it properly. I found that, for some reason, a number of the images weren't showing up on Netscape, while they appeared just fine on IE.

I'm HTML-challenged, so this is very much a learn-by-doing process.

BTW...is that Lenny Bruce behind that flag?

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Sure is. It's an old wire service photo taken during his first Obscenity trial in San Francisco back in '61; a case he won (not that it did him any good, of course).