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

Tricky: Scenes from a Life #51


Tricky tames a Lion (1953)

4 comments :

SomeNYGuy said...

That's no way to choose a running mate, Dick. Or was this a pre-Checkers family pet?

Vanwall said...

I dare him to hang that one by its ears!

Vanwall said...

I dare him to hang that one by its ears!

Brent McKee said...

Well since it was Johnson not Nixon who hung dogs by their ears, I doubt he'd take that dare. Now Lyndon on the other hand might have. (I confess to a vague admiration for old "Landslide" Lyndon Johnson, on domestic policy at least.)