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

Great Con Artists of the 20th Century #15


Jim Garrison

7 comments :

Peter L. Winkler said...

In every posed photo of Garrison I've seen he has the pipe. BTW, has anyone besides me noticed how much Garrison and former Senator Bill Bradley look and sound alike?

Booksteve said...

Garrison also resembles Buster Keaton. I noticed that on a recent book about him.

swac said...

Weird, I was just thinking Buster Keaton as I was scrolling down 10 seconds ago.

I hope to gawd no one makes a Buster Keaton biopic starring Kevin Costner...

(Steve Buscemi though...that could work.)

Tommy O'C said...

Funny. To me, he looks like Carlos Marcello's man, the guy who blamed everyone for the JFK assassination EXCEPT the mob.

Thee Erin said...

Jim Garrison is a con artist?

Tom Sutpen said...

At best.

Peter L. Winkler said...

Dear Thee Erin:

If you want to know more about Garrison, go here:

http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/home.htm

http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/phelan.htm