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

The Art of American Fantasy #32


Maureen said...

Does anyone remember Winky Dink and drawing on your TV screen to rescue him in his dilemmas?

Christopher said...

Boy those were the days of Mail ordering!...You'll get it when you get it...IF you get it!..
..Wonder how many kids sent off for that thinking they were getting something like a real TV for only a buck? :op

rookgaroo said...

I never had a Winky Dink myself, Maureen. (There will be a brief pause to give anybody who reads this a chance to say "That's what she said!) But I heard the stories of other enterprising young kids who didn't have one, but didn't let that stop them from drawing on the screen. I think that's one of the reasons they were discontinued.

The sad thing about these toys that were viewed as rip-offs back in the day (perhaps because they were) is if kids had hung onto them, they'd be worth some cash on ebay.