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

Men of the West #3

William Boyd (aka Hopalong Cassidy)


swac said...

Sometimes good guys don't wear white.

Brent McKee said...

Of course while Bill Boyd was best known as Hoppy - and did a very good job of promoting himself as such which in turn made him very rich since he bought up the rights to his films - in the silent era he was best known as a romantic leading man.

Sam said...

I had a chance to a his autobiography on the Encore Westerns channel a while back. If you should ever get a opportunity to view it, do so. They truly don't make heroes like Boyd anymore.