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

Men of God #13


Jim Jones

7 comments :

mickelodeon said...

Ooh, I've been waiting for Jones to make it into the series "Men of God," even though he was a wee bit of a madman.

Thirtieth anniversary of the Jonestown tragedy coming up on November 18th.

Fred said...

The man who ruined Kool-Aid and added "drinking the Kool-Aid" to the popular lexicon.

pinstripebindi said...

Fun fact: It was actually Flavor-Aid, a Kool-Aid knock-off. The more you know.

Fred said...

Thanks for the clarification. I did not know that. Unfortunately, "drinking the Flavor-Aid" just doesn't have the same ring. And don't get me started on that other Kool-Aid knock-off, Wyler's...

phil said...

In the same HS graduation class as my mom.

Don't worry - she came out ok. She's a Saint. :)

goldieshuffle said...

If you are interested in this guy and his followers, check out a great PBS documentary I think simply called "Jonestown"

Tommy O'C said...

It so happens I just saw that PBS American Experience episode which, as you said, is called simply "Jonestown: The Life and Death of the Peoples Temple." At one point, Jones is shown at the People's Temple village in Guiana opening chests and identifying the various packaged foods that they contain, black-eyed peas, for example.

When he opens the last chest, he says "Kool-Aid." And the image is prophetically faded. It's pretty chilling.

Another source has referred to the lethal vats prepared for the mass murder/suicide ad being Flavor Aid.