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

They, uhhh, Were an Item?? #71

Edward I. Koch and Bess Myerson


Peter L. Winkler said...

Campaign slogan of the day, often heard among the uncouth: "Vote for Cuomo, not a homo."

Tom Sutpen said...

Has that ever been confirmed about Koch?

I remember reading in Jack Newfield and Wayne Barrett's book City for Sale that Myerson was given every assurance from Koch and his people that she would not be acting as a beard during that campaign courtship stunt (reportedly she wanted no part of it if this were the case). It's entirely possible that Koch's people were lying to her, but Myerson was sharp enough, I imagine, to have seen through that if there was anything to see (she was emotionally unstable, yes; never stupid). It's also possible that she willed herself to believe it, but if that were true, why would she have made an issue of it in the first place?

Jeez. Gimme the days of William M. Tweed or James J. Walker. Openly corrupt, sure, but far less in the way of melodrama.

Lex10 said...

a schmendrick and a goniff

Nate said...

How'm I doin'?

Tommy O'C said...

Nothing has ever been proved about Koch. Any of the scenarios you outlined are plausible. No one close enough to him to truly know has ever come forward.

There was a piece on him in the NY Times a few days back. Being in his mid-eighties, Koch was reflective. He's already written his epitaph and is planning his funeral arrangements, even the music. He thinks he has another five years.

Then, we'll get the skinny.

The All-Seeing Eye, Jr. said...

Somebody (I forget who) referred to Koch and Myerson as "the Smith Brothers." Why? he was asked. "Two beards," he replied.

Fred said...

They once asked Ed if he ever kissed a man. And he replied, "Yes. Bella Abzug."