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

The Heretofore Unmentioned #4

Vaughn Meader


Vanwall said...

Poor chap, one of those bullets from the grassy nole was meant for him.

SomeNYGuy said...

I disagree -- poor Vaughn was merely "collateral damage."

Vanwall said...

? Not to belabor the Warden Norton aspect here, but: Grassy noll = Imaginary bullets for an imaginary president. Wholeheartedly agree on the collateral damage assessment.

swac said...

According to legend, Lenny Bruce's first onstage comment following the Kennedy assassination was, "Phew...poor Vaughan Meader!"