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

Kurt Vonnegut dead at 84

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News this morning that Kurt Vonnegut had passed away, link to BBC.


Vanwall said...

Jesus, this is tough news to take. One of the major literary influences in my life, I must say. Kilgore will be missed.:(

swac said...

I certainly couldn't get enough of his work from junior high up into university. Haven't read him in years, but I have a sudden urge to pull Sirens of Titan down off the shelf.

Or maybe I'll just listen to some Bob & Ray.

Vanwall said...

"Write if you find work!" Jesus, Ii'll never forget when Bob & Ray did moon mission commentary with Cronkite.
Vonnegut Had such a huge influence on my particular segment of Boomers.