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 #102


Charlton Heston protests

5 comments :

SomeNYGuy said...

Shouldn't this be the "Before" in a "Before and After," paired with a shot of Heston with the sort of neo-Nazis he consorts with in recent years?

swac said...

...or add the postscript "But the Constitution allows us the right to bear 'equalizers.'"

Daniel Thomas MacInnes said...

What the heck happened to Chuck Heston? He marched with King in the '60s, but today I'm seeing photos of him smiling with the monsters of the CCC (posing with GOP Senator George Allen, btw). What's the deal?

Mr said...

What is the deal? The deal was that he does not share your views.

FlowerBell said...

Interesting quote. And could be true in a perfect world. But one simply has to open their eyes to see the truth. Idealism has no place in reality.