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

Adventures in the Fight Racket #26

Today's Adventure

Original Caption:

He Tried.

New York -- Battered, and bruised, his moon face swollen, Tony Galento is pictured in his dressing room after waging an unsuccessful fight for Joe Louis' heavyweight title. Tony was in such bad shape in the fourth round of the scheduled 15 round go that referee Arthur Donovan stepped in and stopped the slaughter. But, and Tony's grandchildren will hear the tale, not before he had the brown bomber, the super champion, the amber assassin, etc., down on the deck. Galento's Special, that long looping left of his, floored the champion for the count of two in the third round. (1939)


Joe Thompson said...

Short, fat, and overweight -- Two Ton Tony an athletic inspiration to many of us. He trained on spaghetti and beer. My kind of guy.

Joe Thompson ;0)

Brent McKee said...

And he knocked out Jackie Gleason once. That has to count for something.