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 Art of Present Day Dissent #3


ciaochow said...

I really enjoy your site. Please tell me that you see some difference between these two pictures beyond semantics.

Tom Sutpen said...

Well, of course there's a difference.

What happened on the right is a common tragedy of warfare; so common there's a name for it.

What happened on the left was an uncommon tragedy of immense proportions; so utterly without sense that there really are no words for it.

If you're asking which I think the worse of the two, I'd say the tragedy on the left, obviously.

But does that really mean anything? It's like asking which is worse; the murder where a guy is stabbed 5 times or the murder where a guy's stabbed 50 times. The victims of both are just as dead no matter which comes out on top (or bottom as the case may be).

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Mr said...

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notanotherblog said...

This poster speaks true.