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

Broadcasters #16

Don Imus


swac said...


Tom Sutpen said...

I didn't understand that either.

I've heard tapes of Imus from back in his WNBC days . . . coked to the gills, or drunk, or both . . . and he didn't sound too cheerful then:

"On W-ENN-BC, dat was . . . 'Song Sung Blue' by . . . umm . . . Harry . . . Nilsson Schmilsson, baby . . . "

Vanwall said...

Rap music often sez it as bad or worse, but Imus really showed how stupid he often sounds. No loss, really, as a radio hack, but then maybe a precedent will be set to use against others of his ilk.

swac said...

Funny...I posted about Bob & Ray in the Vonnegut thread (he was a huge fan, and even wrote liner notes for them), and lately I've been listening to some of their early radio broadcasts. I guess off the cuff and witty is too much to ask for these days...