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 New Yorkers #6
Great Madmen of the 21st Century #2

Elliot Offen


Gerard said...

Freaking insane.

Tom Sutpen said...

That's understating it. A co-worker forwarded this video to me a few days ago, and I found it instantly compelling . . . which is just more understatement. A true and righteous lunatic if ever there was.

H. said...

Elliot adopted this persona a few years ago.

He was actually banned from the Sirius building that Stern now broadcasts from and subsequently banned from the show altogether for threats of violence.

To this day he can be found jogging throughout Manhattan- in full drag.

SomeNYGuy said...

I'm predicting he'll be McCain's running mate.

Tom Sutpen said...


Thanks for the info. I assumed, from his rant, that he had some involvement with the Stern show, but when you say he 'adopted' this persona, do you mean that it's an act? I find it incredible if it is; and if it is, then he's one of the most brilliant actors I've ever seen.

baryogenesis said...

Could give it no more than 5 to 10 minutes. Yeah, he's a character alright, but I think many of us have met self-engrossed egos (esp NY ones) like this before. So then, he becomes a "type". Had to deny him his 15 minutes.