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 Neocons #4

I. Lewis Libby (followed by members of the press)


Anonymous said...

I would hardly think Libby would be placed in the pantheon of neocons by anyone who knew anything about neoconservatism other than as a pejorative.

Tom Sutpen said...

You make a good point, and I guess I didn't make the context as clear as I could. I'm using the term 'Neocon' here to refer to the handful of policy wizards responsible for our present engagement in Iraq . . . if you wanna call that pejoorative you'll get no argument from me.

Obviously Libby wouldn't figure into a general survey of Neo-Conservatives (not prominently anyway), and that's not what this is. You're not gonna be seeing Irving Kristol or Midge Decter or any of the other 'Partisan Review' escapees.

prokosch said...

I was going around confusing G. Gordon Liddy with I. Lewis Libby for some time before the lack of a bloodline was established for me.