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

Action, Now! #5


Original Caption:

Joining Protest

Los Angeles -- Actor Steve Allen talks to newsmen in front of an Encino market where he joined pickets in support of the strike against grape growers. (1965)

3 comments :

James said...

Those darn grape growers

Tommy O'C said...

I'm sure Steverino's presence made all the difference

rookgaroo said...

When I was a kid, my crusading hippie big sister had a great poster on her wall that I never understood but wish I'd saved. It said "DON'T EAT SCAB LETTUCE!" I remember thinking to myself, "Who the hell would want to eat scab lettuce"?

Sounded gross.