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

Politicians in Action #27

Speaker of the House, Rep. Sam Rayburn (D-TX) catches up on
the day's events


estiv said...

Just fifty years ago one of the most powerful individuals in the US (and probably in the world), now mostly known only to historians. But where are the snows of yesteryear?

Fred said...

And what were his and his buddy LBJ's role in causing Ike's intestines to flair up?

VP81955 said...

Ah, the Washington Daily News...a good little newspaper I miss dearly. If only it had been able to hang around until Metrorail opened in 1976, when its tabloid size would have made it more convenient to read than the two broadsheets, the Post and Star.