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

Broadcasters #58

Hal March


R.H. said...

Bank job?

Tom Sutpen said...

Of a sort.

Actually, Hal March was host of The $64,000 Question, which was the first of the really big, successful quiz shows on American television in the 1950s. It eventually got roped into the so-called Quiz Show Scandal a few years later, but compared to some of the programs brought low in that inquiry (21, for example), they were the ethical gold standard.