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

When Legends Gather #258


Eleanor Roosevelt and Frank Sinatra (holding an FDR action figure)

6 comments :

Lex10 said...

Later, Sinatra banged her.

Stacia said...

He'd have been an idiot not to.

That action figure looks obscene, by the way.

Vanwall said...

I think he used the action figure, which may explain a lot.

Tom Sutpen said...

Now, now . . . don't let's be vulgar. This is still a family blog (I think).

Besides, Mrs. Roosevelt wouldn't have made it with some band singer. She was too fine, too decent . . .

. . . plus, wasn't she what Confidential used to call a, um, 'Sapphist'?

Not that there's anything wrong wit' dat.

Lex10 said...

Sapphist Schmapphist. That wouldna stopped him - he banged Dietrich, too!

Brent McKee said...

Banging Dietrich wasn't an achievement - she did anything that walked on two feet. And Eleanor's reputation as a "sapphist" may be overstated given the number of little Roosevelt that she pumped out until she caught Franklin in an affair (one of many - there was a reason that action figure looked a bit obscene).