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 #29


Rep. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr (D-NY) is momentarily distracted
from a game of Dominoes

8 comments :

MikeP said...

I have seen the future, and her name is Amy Winehouse, only less generously proportioned...

Great blog!

Hans Gruber said...

A COLD MORNING FOR THE GIRLS!

Hans Gruber said...

Also:

Rep. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr, Vincent Price´s lost brother.

R.H. said...

He looks like her pimp.

estiv said...

Ah, the life of the dedicated public servant.

panjandrum said...

Snake eyes!

Nicholas said...

Great pics (including that great, underrated beauty, Joan Blondell), caption, and comments, but the Tosches quote is circular, no?

Nicholas Stix

Tom Sutpen said...

Circular in what sense?

I use that quote because not only is it beautifully written (no surprise), it captures the spirit of what I see in this blog, at least as it's developed over the last six years.