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 #35


Sen. John F. Kennedy (D-MA) tries to remember her number

3 comments :

Peter Nellhaus said...

Marilyn? Judith? Jackie?

Tommy O'C said...

Oh, hell. Just give Frank a call. Or Brother-in-Lawford.

Patrick Ciccone said...

This is the Mauretania apartment building on 520 Rossmore Avenue in Los Angeles. JFK stayed there during the 1960 Democratic Convention, at the penthouse apartment of Jack Haley (i.e. the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz)--

http://artdecoapts.com/gallery-rossmore1.html

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Los+Angeles,+CA&sll=5.641067,-72.389099&sspn=0.017446,0.022209&g=lusitania&ie=UTF8&ll=34.077008,-118.326343&spn=0.00363,0.005552&t=h&z=18&iwloc=addr&layer=c&cbll=34.079479,-118.32727&panoid=Ywq9E6f3xS2cxMVn4AHfYA&cbp=12,78.14134667093761,,0,-10.173913043478256