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 #9

Pres. Warren G. Harding pays no attention to his wife.


Boz said...

One of the big rumors going around at the time of Harding's death was that his wife poisoned him because of dalliances with the opposite sex.

Brent McKee said...

It may have been a rumour (the more common murder theory was that she killed him to keep him from being impeached) but she did put up with a lot from that man. He fathered at least one illegitimate child in 1916, and as President installed his mistress, Nan Britton, in a house, as well as doing the horizontal nasty with her in his office in the White House. And people thought Bill Clinton was evil.