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

An Illustrated History of Vice #8


Original Caption:

Washington -- Marijuana cigarettes and a dropper and needle for stronger drugs are shown here. Addicts usually start with one of the milder drugs, such as marijuana, then go on to morphine, heroin or opium. (1963)

2 comments :

Mr DeBakey said...

As the late George Carlin put it,
addicts usually start with mother's milk.
It leads to everything.

SomeNYGuy said...

Looks like just another Saturday night at Sarah Palin's house...