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

Great Canadians of the 20th Century #4

Baron Conrad Black of Crossharbour PC (Can.), OC, KCSG


Vanwall said...

Doesn't this one qualify as a Robber Baron entry? ;-)


Brent McKee said...

Only if you qualify him as an incompetent Rober Baron. The mantook over a corporation with two of Canada's most famous companies - Massey-Ferguson and Dominion Stores - destroyed them but stole their pension funds. Then he built a huge newspaper empire buy going into massive debt, selling it off chunk by chunk. But what really makes him incompetent is that he got caught. No real Robber Baron ever got caught.

Clever said...

Well I suppose that is all true, but that he qualifies as a great Canadian is beyond me.