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

They Were Collaborators #402

The Warren Commission


Mr DeBakey said...

Where is the carpet?

You know the one they tried to sweep everything under.

Tom Sutpen said...

Now, now. Don't let's be beating up on these old duffers. Four decades of pummeling has been sufficient (especially when you consider that they barely deserved any of it).

Brent McKee said...

Even with Bugliosi's new book, the conspiracy theorists are still having a field day.

Tom Sutpen said...

I wish I could remember who it was, but recently I heard someone say that conspiracy theorists are the only real masters of narrative fiction on earth. They truly do create compelling scenarios. Unfortunately (as is the case with the Kennedy assassination) they don't have a rational leg to stand on, and this is probably why no two theories of Who Killed Big Jack are ever alike.

Frankly, I think the most disturbing theory of the case is the most plausible . . . that of the Warren Commission: One guy, on his lunchbreak, smashing the trajectory of American history to smithereens in eight seconds. No one else was, or need have been, involved.

In other words, it can happen here.

No wonder the Kennedy assassination has given rise to this unending river of plot and counter-plot. Who would want to believe such a thing in all its depressing purity if they could make up something else?

Tom Sutpen said...

Gore Vidal was once asked what he thought had happaned on that late November day in 1963. His answer:

"Well, it wasn't suicide"

I can go along with that one.

Mr DeBakey said...

The one I liked was
"Mortal Error"

He didn't spend any time worrying about Cubans or Gangsters or Texas Oilmen or Whomever.
Did Oswald pull the trigger? Doesn't care.

All he cared about was
How many guns? how many shots?

Its a good read

Vanwall said...

Bobby was gone by '68, and but for shear chance, Ted would've been killed in the plane crash in '64. Makes ya wonder, tha's all I'm sayin'.