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

Before and After #142: Louis B. Mayer




Vanwall said...

Samie-same. Megalomaniacs age well, I guess.

Brent McKee said...

Not really. The first is the picture of a man with huge power, and yeah, a megalomaniac. The second is of an old man at the track stripped of his power by what he'd always regarded as lesser men. There's a sort of sadness in those eyes.

squajo said...

and they were "lesser men" judging by the movies *they* made.