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 #10
Great Canadians of the 20th Century #6

Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau makes like Douglas Fairbanks


Brent McKee said...

Unless you are a Western Canadian you have no idea how thoroughly loathed that man was out here practically from the beginning. On the other hand the man whose name he is about to cover with his ass (Paul Hellyer) would have been such a disaster had he ever been in power (the military is still recovering from his time as Minister of Defence) that I think the country lucked out a bit. I'm not convinced that the full impact (good and bad) of Trudeau in power has been understood. I am of the opinion that this country is worse off because Bob Stanfield was never Prime Minister.

swac said...

Fuddle duddle.

Jeff Duncanson said...

PET a Great Canadian????? Say it ain't so, Tom.

Tom Sutpen said...

It ain't so.

The term 'Great' should not suggest an endorsement of the individual represented . . . it's merely a catchy title for a series.

The Real Mike Is Back said...

I bet he's yelling down the rail "I'm Doug Fairbanks!"

Trader said...

Huh! I did miss this one!

Maybe a great Canadian, but certainly not a great Quebecker (for all the tricky constitutional deals he's done with the ROC - rest of Canada - against our province) for most of us at least.

Trudeau was from a new well-off family ("parvenu"), his French-Canadian dad having been successful in some businesses while is mom was from some traditional Scottish roots.


Hopefully this series will find out other great Canadians amongst the francophones... ;)