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

Before and After #175: Archie Moore




Marshall P. Smith said...

Nicknamed "The Old Mongoose", Moore still holds the record for the most career knockouts by any boxer, at 145.

Bruno Leicht said...
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Bruno Leicht said...

So, that boxer's nick is the source for Charlie Parker's "Sly Mongoose"? -- Very interesting: Bird, a boxing fan. -- By the way, on the 2nd picture is he looking like Charles Mingus in his old days.

Charles Mingus in 1973

Natasha Yar-Routh said...

In the after picture Moore still looks like he could punch most peoples lights out.

Tommy O'C said...

They say that boxers lose their legs, their reflexes, and their stamina. But they don't ever lose that punch. Jack Dempsey once knocked out two would-be muggers in NYC who saw an old man dressed-to-the-nines and thought he was an easy mark. One punch each and it was all over.

A question to the editors of The Ring magazine many years ago asked, when are a fighter's fists no longer considered lethal weapons? Answer: when he can no longer lift his hands up past his shoe laces (i.e., flat-on-his-back dead).