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

September 9, 1976

An Andy Warhol rendering (1976)

Mao Tse-Tung, the cheeky 'generalissimo' of China's Communist Party, died on this day in 1976.

Here are seven images:


The young Mao and Maoist; sometime in the 1920s


Declaring the establishment of a People's Republic in China (October 1, 1949)


With his son, Mao Anying; shortly before the latter's death in Korea in 1950


Heard you missed me; sometime in the 1960s


Meeting Richard Nixon (1972)


At rest at last (1976)


"I am alone with the people. Waiting." (1972)

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