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 an, um, Item (?) #40


Clyde Tolson and J. Edgar Hoover

5 comments :

Vanwall said...

Creeeeepy. How this odious little man was able to get into such a position of power always baffled me. He fit many of his own criminal profiles, but then if you realized that instead of drinking the fibby kool-aid, and were tall to boot, why, when either of those points made into your internal jacket, they would get your career buried in the bitter winter of a gulag office in say, North Dakota - below pay grade, as well, I daresay. Unless you shared your chiffon cocktail dress with the 'right' people, of course.

SomeNYGuy said...

Apparently, the best thing about being a right-wing law-and-order family-values Republican is you can get all the cock you want!

Just ask Lindsay Graham!

Tom Sutpen said...

Somenyguy:

Is there something in the wind about Sen. Graham we don't know about? Yeesh; and here the guy was, angling to be McCain's running mate.

Rob:

Agreed on the former FBI director. His rise in the Justice Dept in the 20s was based on nothing more spectacular than a true gift for organization within a chaotic and dysfunctional department; that and a capacity for knowing which centers of power mattered more than others.

Incidentally I've never believed the stories about Hoover and Tolson (hence the question mark). Yes, they had an unusually close friendship .. . lunch and dinner 7 days a week; vacations twice a year, etc . . . and anything is possible. But from what we know of Hoover and his zeal for discretion, it's unimaginable to me he would allow himself to get into a circumstance that could potentially compromise him in some way.

SomeNYGuy said...

"Is there something in the wind about Sen. Graham we don't know about?"

It's one of those open secrets that Republicans get away with until they're actually arrested in a public toilet.

"But from what we know of Hoover and his zeal for discretion, it's unimaginable to me he would allow himself to get into a circumstance that could potentially compromise him in some way."

Or maybe some people simply don't believe that the rules apply to them. See also my previous remark.

huskermould said...

I see Mr. Tolson and Mr. Hoover are wearing rings on their wedding finger. What were the names of their wives....