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

40 Years Ago Today

9 comments :

e. said...

Just read the new book about his 82 day campaign, The Last Campaign by Thurston Clarke.

The mans compassion was unreal. Reading it, I forgot that I was reading about someone who was running for president...

A great man.

swac said...

CBC Radio played a great clip of Kennedy this morning, where he was essentially saying that trying to solve problems with military solutions inevitably leads to an ongoing cycle of more problems.

Imagine that kind of candor in this season's campaigns...

SomeNYGuy said...

Is that Hillary exiting stage right? That pantsuit looks suspiciously familiar...

squajo said...

He was better than JFK--what could have been... ;-(

Fred said...

A bit of weird trivia. John Frankenheimer, whose Manchurian Candidate was pulled from circulation after JFK's assassination, was a friend of RFK, directed his campaign commercials and was in RFK's suite at the Ambassador Hotel the night of the assassination. Reporter Pete Hamill had a fascinating reminiscence of the night in a recent article in New York magazine which is definitely worth checking out.

e. said...

Fred.

I read that too. Such a great article.

I believe it is the foreword to his new book of photos of the campaign called "A Time It Was"

I believe it came out today.

Vanwall said...

Things haven't been the same since. Twain had it right: before it gets better, it must get much, much worse. I'd say we're still in the much, much worse phase.

Peter L. Winkler said...

It's amazing how RFK's assassination has created a mystical aura about him that blinds so many acolytes to the historical record.

RFK was assistant counsel to Sen. Joe McCarthy. As attorney general, he authorized wiretaps on MLK, and initiated and ran Project Mongoose, which employed he CIA and Mafia in attempts to assassinate Castro.

e. said...

Thats all common knowledge.

The point being. He owned up to his mistakes.
Something that not a lot of politicians actually do.

He also did a lot to counter-act all of those mistakes.
Especially working with MLK.

While I think he is romanticized like most tragic figures. He actually deserves it.