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 Cool Hall of Fame #18

Amy Goodman


Ivan G. said...

I can't think of a worthier candidate than Goodman for Hall-of-Fame coolness. I got the opportunity earlier this year to read The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers and the Media Who Love Them and couldn't put it down until I had devoured it from stem to stern.

Anonymous said...

Not a real fan of Democracy Now! and it's socialist agenda but I respect her moderation of the debate in allowing Hitchens to demolish Galloway.