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

An Illustrated History of Vice #5

John Sumner, President of The Society for the Suppression of Vice and Martin H.
Meany, New York City Deputy Police Commissioner, supervise the destruction of
forbidden books (1935)


Vanwall said...

Montag is in the back, partially obscured.

Stratu said...

At least they meant well, right?

Seriously though, people who want to destroy books should be rounded up and thrown upon a flaming pyre.

Here's to book-burning advocate burnings!

Tommy O'C said...


Heinrich Heine said, "Wherever they burn books, they will also burn people."

Let's just chalk up what you said to a serious case of immaturity.

christopher said...

humourless po-faced righteousness rides again!