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

Newspapermen #10

Robert Novak


SomeNYGuy said...

Ah ... Novakula, Prince of Darkness! Living (well, maybe undead) proof that one can get away even with treason if one is a well-connected neocon Republican.

Is it true that he converted to Catholicism because of the dearth of Jewish religious symbols in vampire movies? Inquisitioning minds want to know!

When Jon Stewart calls this man a douchebag, he's being more than magnanimous.

SomeNYGuy said...

By the way, what is the year/event depicted in this photo? Looks like he's testifying -- maybe ratting out Jesus Christ, or his own mother?

Tom Sutpen said...

I don't know the year and/or the event, but it looks like something in the 1970s; probably a speaking engagement.

And it would be a mistake to call hima neocon, since he's not exactly a supporter of the War (anything that might, even by implication, bebeneficial to Israel is not something he could get on board with easily); which of course does nothing to prevent carrying out journalistic hits on administration critics.

Novak to me is a perfect case of a Journalistic groupie; too long in Washington, too close to the players he's supposed to be covering (the Best Man at his wedding, for example, was Lyndon Johnson; while Johnson was Senate Majority leader). I'm convinced that, despite his ideology, he would have carried out that leak regardless, just to preserve his foul access to them what's in power.

Vanwall said...

The late, great Ross Thomas had a few things to say about Novak, none of 'em complimentary. What a comb-over clue he has - inadaquacies in more than one area that need a lengthening, no doubt. If there was oversight the last few years, I daresay he might be behind bars by now. Friends lost a fine son the first day of the ongoing conflict in Iraq, and assholes like this are enablers for reckless misdeeds, who've sold their souls to the devil. I suppose drowning in dog vomit is too much to ask for, but a quick end for these reactionaries would help this country immeasurably.