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

Before and After #64:
Gen. Douglas MacArthur

Before


After

6 comments :

Vanwall said...

Ol' Dugout Doug.

DaydreamSupercollider said...

In both captures he looks like a Hollywood legend...

Tom Sutpen said...

Now that you mention it, looking at the 'After' image . . . which was taken about a year before his death . . . MacArthur does look a little like Maurice Chevalier.

Brent McKee said...

There was a certain amount of father issues there. During the Civil War his father won the Congressional Medal of Honor at 18, at which point he was Colonel, then he went to West Point to join the regular army, fought in the campaign against Geronimo, commanded a brigade at the battle of Manila, was military governor of the Philippines, retired after clashes with Secretary of War William Howard Taft and died at age 67. Big shoes to fill but he certainly exceeded the father.

His son dealt with his father issues by changing his name and becoming a saxophone player.

Tom Sutpen said...


His son dealt with his father issues by changing his name and becoming a saxophone player.


...and that Saxaphone player's name was . . . John Coltrane.

(sorry, Brent, but I thought I'd do the old Paul Harvey thing)

alx said...

What a dandy.