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

Before and After #159: Jane Fonda




R.H. said...

Well look that's Hanoi Jane who was a bit old for Berkeley in the first place.

estiv said...

I'm no kind of Jane-hater, but I do feel it's ironic that she was never more of a clueless show-biz princess than when she got serious about politics. Like Godard, her radical political beliefs seemed rooted more in the rich kid's contempt for the bourgeoisie than in any authentic identification with the downtrodden.

steves said...

she said a lot of things that needed saying... and probably some that didn't. rich people aren't all bad... just born with a different type of disability. (imho)