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

Tricky: Scenes from a Life #34

Tricky gestures to an adoring public (1968)


Peter L. Winkler said...

"Character is your qualification."

That's just too perfect.

Nick Zegarac said...

Nixon - a man more misunderstood and misrepresented than perhaps any of the Presidency before or since.

He was a brilliant strategist and an all encompassing diplomat who tragically allowed his own inner demons and the liberal left to depose what formidable gifts he had to offer.

Did he make mistakes along the way? Who among the nominees and past and present leaders of this great free nation have not?

But what Nixon gave the people during his time in office was something they didn't even realize they wanted - a glimpse into their own fallible nature.

If the spotlight was on them, it cast an unflattering pall on him.

SomeNYGuy said...

How ironic to blame Nixon's downfall on the "liberal left." If he were alive today, the Bushies would be smearing him as a card-carrying member of the "liberal left."

Beloved said...

chuck colson is the man