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 #34


Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower is lassoed at his Inauguration

5 comments :

R.H. said...

I thought it was Krushchev. Really.

Mark Horowitz: said...

Tom, can you tell me where did you get this photo? My father was a photographer for the Navy at the time and took photos of this scene. The one you've got looks like it could be the one he snapped.

Thanks for any info...

Autospike said...

I Like Ike.

Tommy O'C said...

Ike was from Kansas and a pretty fair hand, himself. Mamie handed him some cord and he roped the guy back. It started a most inappropriate tug of war that the Shades had to break up.

Palm Axis said...

I'm shacking up with Pasadena Adjacent at the moment

I think the guy on the horse is Monty Montana