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

Tricky: Scenes from a Life #61

Tricky debates (1960)


Mark said...

TV viewers of the debate found his performance to be a shadow of what radio listeners thought it was.

R.H. said...

TV viewers saw the five o'clock shadow.

Tommy O'C said...

Producer Don Hewitt wanted Nixon to wear make-up because he knew how bad he'd come across on TV and didn't want to be accused of bias. Nixon refused, thinking it was unmanly.
JFK is said to have accepted--not that he needed it.

Inukshuk said...

Heard that Nixon somehow didn't shave, so he didn't have a "clean" look compared to JFK's sun-tanned look (related to his medication of corticosteroids - Addison's disease).

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