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

Just a word . . .

Beginning now, and for the immediate to near future, I have to take some time off from this blog due to the passing of a family member earlier today. Can't say at this time when I'll regain even the inclination to update this blog, but I will return eventually; sooner rather later I hope.

Any rate, I wish you all the best there is to wish for the holidays.

Thanks,

Tom

52 comments :

operator_99 said...

Sorry to hear about your loss. Condolences to you and all your family members.

Casey said...

Best wishes and thoughts go out to you...and thanks for all your interesting posts.

Lisa Swanson said...

Sorry for your loss.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Take care, amigo...my thoughts are with you and your family.

Flynn D said...

I echo everyone's comments, Tom.
Take care.

michael said...

Bless you.

Vanwall said...

A Farewell

by Coventry Patmore

With all my will, but much against my heart,
We two now part.
My Very Dear,
Our solace is, the sad road lies so clear.
It needs no art,
With faint, averted feet
And many a tear,
In our opposèd paths to persevere.
Go thou to East, I West.
We will not say
There’s any hope, it is so far away.
But, O, my Best,
When the one darling of our sadness,
The nursling Grief,
Is dead,
And no dews blur our eyes
To see the peach-bloom come in evening skies,
Perchance we may,
Where now this night is day,
And even through faith of still averted feet,
Making full circle of our banishment,
Amazèd meet;
The bitter journey to the bourne so sweet
Seasoning the termless feast of our content
With tears of recognition never dry.

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Keep your chin up, Tom, I'm so sorry hear this.

Brent McKee said...

Sorry to hear about this Tom. Take all the time you need.

Bill Crider said...

Very sorry to hear this. My sympathies to you and all concerned.

Jim said...

Condolences Tom. Your blog is an utter delight. I sincerely wish you well in whatever you do.

swac said...

Very sorry to hear about your loss Tom, it can't be easy, especially at this time of year.

I'll try and pump up my semi-regular postings in your absence.

Take care, compadre,
*s*

Borough Baby said...

Take all the time you need... we can only hope you have to will to have your voice heard again in the new year.

Geoff said...

bummer

martin said...

Sorry for your loss. It's especially hard this time of year.

Lindsay Vivian said...

News like this remids us to be kind to each other, especially to the ones we love, who we can often treat poorly. "Memento mortis." I offer my condolences, as well as my thanks for the inspiration you lend to the rest of us.

Scott said...

Sorry to hear the sad news, Tom. Huge thanks for your previous diligence and hopefully you'll be feeling better soon.

Vergilio said...

My sympathies to you for your loss.

The best wishes to you, too.

And thanks for your posts.

Vergilio

shawnlevy said...

Godspeed to you and yours, Tom.

-- Shawn

edo8 said...

I am so sorry for your loss Tom, i hope you will get through and past this darkness soon. Thank you for your always astounding posts

God Bless

-Edo

Mark said...

I'm not someone you know even remotely, but I thought I'd add my condolences. I know from recent personal experience that having this happen at this time of year makes it even harder than it already is.

Marie-Caroline said...

All the images I have seen here helped me very much when I went through a similar event. And I know how vain words may seem right now.
Toutes mes condoléances - condoleances and thoughts from France. Et merci pour tout.

Marie.

calanan said...

My sympathies, I'm sorry for your loss.

- mike

andrew said...

Genuinely sorry to hear about your loss. I wish you the best in a trying time.

- Andrew

la peregrina said...

I am so sorry this has happened. My thoughts and prayers are with you today.

Fred said...

Sincerest condolences. May you find the inner peace to deal with this sad event.

Campaspe said...

My heartfelt condolences to you. I am so sorry.

estiv said...

All the images I have seen here helped me very much when I went through a similar event.
Marie-Caroline


Me too. This blog has come to be one of my favorites, and after a recent loss it was one of my little refuges. I hope that the knowledge that you've been a source of comfort to others helps you a little in this difficult time.

Hobson said...

I feel you man

Pastor Z said...

My prayers are with you.

And, my sincerest appreciation for the beautiful images you share with my morning coffee each day.

pancakes barbara said...

My condolences.

Ryland Walker Knight said...

lovespeedz

KAZ said...

Sorry to hear about this.
Don't leave it too long - we'll miss our daily fix.

irishbill said...

Take care, Tom, in your time of loss....thank you for your thoughtfulness; your comments are as good as your fotos......

mister muleboy said...

Tom -- my condolences to you and your family. As a virtual pal and as a daily voice in the mdaness [a voice to whom I turn again and again], you're part of my life/ Every day.

I'll have you in my thoughts. Buena suerte, amigo..

-- muleboy

Cynthia Closkey said...

I'm very sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.

Broom said...

As this is surely one of the rarest of blogs in the 'sphere, I shall miss your posts. Be well, take your time to remember auld ang syne and loving memories of the past, and I'll await your return patiently.

Jessica R. said...

Thank you for a treasure trove of images. Take care.

John said...

just a follower from south america.
my condolences...

H. P. L. said...

Sorry for your loss, Tom.

Lex10 said...

Condolences.

shahn said...

You have my condolences.
Take care of yourself.
We'll welcome you back when you're ready to return.

David said...

sorry to hear about your loss. I wish you and your family all the best, and a speedy return.

R.H. said...

Sorrow comes anytime.

God bless you all, my American buddies.

Stucco said...

Sorry to hear of it. Well wishes to you and yours.

blankemon said...

Very sorry for your loss, Tom. All the best to you and yours.

Suz said...

Sorry for your loss.

Lady D said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. Best wishes to you and your family and thank you for your wonderful blog.

Tom Sutpen said...

Thanks, everybody, for the incredibly kind words; both posted here and sent to me by email. Having never lost a family member before . . . not one who was as close to me, at any rate . . . it's not only painful, it's bewildering as well. In the next day or two, I'm going to start putting myself back on the rails, as it were; a small (yet crucial) part of it is resuming my duties here.

Hope y'all had a fantastic Christmas. Thanks again.

He Who How Was Isn't said...

Tom, your work is important to me.
And, I'm guessing, to so many others.
I hope one of them is you.

Yaniv Eidelstein said...

Tom, like many others here, I'd like to offer my condolences and thank you for all your fine work on the blog. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2009.

anodyne Brownie said...

The pain of loss is a dreadful thing and takes a longer while to ease than many would think.
It helps to be with others who also suffer the loss, and eventually we realise that none of us simply exists bodily, but we exist in the hearts and minds of all those who know and love us, and in that sense, we all live forever.
Come back soon and
"Post away the heartache"

Tom Sutpen said...

Thanks, Anodyne. That's what I'm trying to do on all fronts. Best for the new year to you . . . and everyone.