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

When Legends Gather #20

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Andre Breton, Diego Rivera and Leon Trotsky


Rob said...

Were they discussing Trotsky's bit parts from his youth? Shoulda warned him about ice-axes in Mexico. Trotsky may have been the most fascinating of all the revos that survived into the twenties and beyond - but then again, he left such a mess behind in Russia, despite his intentions.


Tom Sutpen said...

Well, you can't really blame Trotsky because everyone else over there went nuts. It was bound to happen. Call it PRS: Post-Revolution Syndrome.

I'm not a Communist by any means (though I have moved pretty far Left as I've gotten older; I guess you could call me a borderline Socialist these days), but I'll admit Trotsky did seem like the only rational man left in Russia after Lenin croaked.