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

Politicians in Action #7

Sen. John F. Kennedy (D-MA) tries to restrain his running-mate.


Jeff Duncanson said...

Well, fuck me!!!! What an amazing photo! I would love - LOVE to hear the audio for this moment.

Vanwall said...

Great shot! I'll bet LBJ got their name and number - he had a long memory, and I'd've hated to be on his bad side. ;-)

David Hudson said...

Phenomenal, phenomenal photo.

What jeff and vanwall said.

Tom Sutpen said...

Thankye, gentlemen.

I'm amazed this photo isn't better known considering how it departs from typical campaign photos. I don;t know what caused Johnson to blow his stack (if that's what he was doing), but just about every candidate knows how to behave themselves in public (even Johnson).

And you're right, Rob. The wrath of Lyndon Johnson was not something anyone courted willingly.

The Real Mike Is Back said...


JFK: Lyndon, Chrissakes, we're in Ohio...