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

Artists in Action #50


Ronald Reagan plays the Last Frontier in Vegas; a two-week engagement cut short due to illness . . .

. . . the customers got sick of him.

5 comments :

Sam said...

Just what did his act consist of for him to even play Vegas? Shilling @0 Mule Team borax and talking about how he lost out to Bogart for "Casablanca"?

Tom Sutpen said...

Believe it or not, he emceed a Chimp act and attempted a couple song and dance numbers.

Remember, this was at a time when John Foster Dulles could have played Vegas if he wanted to. Some of those hotels would have put anyone onstage.

Vanwall said...

When he was elected, I went to Europe for a vacation - the first question everyone asked over there was, "How can you elect a man who had to play second fiddle to a monkey?" It was not possible to explain this to them, believe me.

BCNU

Brent McKee said...

Well It's better than electing the monkey, as we can see.

Ryan said...

And for all those who think Bush looks like a monkey ....

http://www.bushorchimp.com/