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 #176: Patti Smith




Robert Fiore said...

More like Before and In-Between, isn't it? I think there's been a bit more mileage since then.

Tom Sutpen said...

Not really. If you look at the Before/After series closely, you'll see numerous entries that appear to have a very narrow interval in which the always unstated, unrevealed 'During' could have taken place. This is one of those entries.

In other words, the question I want to raise in the minds of our visitors is 'Before and after what?'

Flynnjr said...


swac said...

I haven't fucked much with the past, but I've fucked plenty with the future.
~Patti Smith

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

“My soul surrenders, astonished to death” -- Frederick

Inquiring Camera Girl said...

Patti's high school picture is the best thing I've seen all day. I love that woman.

idodialog said...

That girl made two of the greatest rock records ever made (easter and horses. She is a decent committed women with soul and love. She continues to make moving and wonderful music.
Even Goddesses were in high school sometime.

Daniel Poeira said...

Reality makes you pretty.

Ann oDyne said...

Hey Jo, where ya going with that flick in yo' hair?

Miss Patti Smith has an arresting visage in any guise. Bless her.