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

Newspapermen #33
They Were Collaborators #520


Tintin and Snowy

8 comments :

Patrick M~ said...

Thanks for this. I was planning on having a terrible morning, but now I might table that until after lunch.

Sam said...

I don't know about the rest of you, but I hope the movie works out well.

Hans Gruber said...

MilĂș, that´s the mutt real name.

Tom Sutpen said...

I know, but I didn't want to upset our right-leaning visitors with anything too . . . French-sounding.

Mike S. said...

"Milou," corrected Monsewer NeetPeeker.

It's funny how you don't see that many boy journalists any more. Now everybody just posts on a blog.

Billions of Blue Blistering Barnacles!!!

Tom Sutpen said...

Well, if I had to advise a journalist-aspirant what course to take in their careers, and the only options were blogging or getting him or herself brainwashed by some Journalism school's standard of Objectivity (translation: never reporting anything that could prove destabilizing to this system), I'd advise the former every time.

Julie said...

Tom, do you know the Leo Malet series of (French) comics based on his detective novels? They're illustrated by Jacques Tardi, and are FABULOUS. Check them out.

Julie said...

Oops! Forgot the links:
http://www.ciudadluz.net/escri/ima/malet1.jpg

http://multimedia.fnac.com/multimedia/images_produits/ZoomPE/4/4/0/9782203399044.jpg

http://www.amazon.com/Brouillard-Pont-Tolbiac-Jacques-Tardi/dp/220339904X