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

This Week's Sargent #8

Portrait of Carolus-Duran (1879)


swac said...

Ah Duran...Duran's probably thinking about Claude Monet's painting of a Flock of Seagulls.

Rob said...

"The Hair, Monet, the Hair! Mon Deu, The Hair!", thought Carolus-Duran. "These beebop degenerates - they are for hanging!" he said aloud. But rock criticism was in its infancy, and his cogent obsevations went unheeded, much to Monet's secret satisfaction. He once confided in me, "This M. Tom Parker, he has nothing on me! I would have made that Elvis boy a God! - and, enfin, put him a few Goddard masterpieces, instead of the merde the "Colonel" allowed! Now he is fat,and dead, and I was right - no art in his handling!" He flicked a little mauve across my glasses, and turned back to yet another Japanese footbridge canvas, before the magic hour faded, much like the Flock's career soon would. I left him there, muttering, and had an epee with a good fois gra' and a saucisson at Harry's, with Vincent, who had brought an excellent pouilly fuime.


swac said...

Ah, hilarious.

Now where did I put that absinthe...?

slyboots2 said...

I think he looks a little like Judge Reinhold. And that's my dorky opinion for today.

And good quote- Oscar Wilde said,"Absinthe makes the tart grow fonder."