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

Great Madmen of the 20th Century #33


Hunter S. Thompson

3 comments :

Henry Bemis said...

"Mr. Muskie, is there any truth to the rumor that you are currently addicted to the halucinogen iobgaine?"

Back when we weren't so sanctimonious.

McGovern's 1972 campaign manager, Frank Mankiewicz said "of all the correspondents he was the least factual, but the most accurate."

Tom Sutpen said...

When you think about it, Thompson did more to derail the Muskie campaign that year than any of those USC thugs on Nixon's payroll. It's unfortunate we don't have anyone like him to make the same hash out of Sarah Palin.

swac said...

No kidding, especially when Palin practically comes on the market pre-hashed.