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

Life During Wartime #2

Original Caption:

South Vietnam Governor Visits Film Studio.

Los Angeles -- Colonel Thao, Governor of the Province of Kienhoa, South Vietnam, is shown above with his wife while visiting actress Sandra Dee on the set of 'Tammy and the Doctor' at Universal Studios. Colonel Thao, a leader in South Vietnam's war against the Communists, is touring the United States as a guest of the State Department and next week will be in Washington D.C. for a conference with President Kennedy. (1962)


Fred said...

Was Colonel Thao in Hollywood on his per Diem? Sorry...

Kreisler said...

Well, not really. Seems he was undercover for the North Vietnamese when scoping Sandra Dee's anti-communist potential. He was killed in a Saigon hospital by the ARVN