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

Artists in Action #499


Vladimir Nabokov prepares for battle

5 comments :

Robert Fiore said...

He heard Norman Mailer was after him and he never backed down from a challenge. Truly, here was a man who knew how to float like a butterfly!

estiv said...

Truly, here was a man who knew how to float like a butterfly!I believe the proper response to that is "LOL."

It's always a little strange when people talk about him as being brilliant but cold. Look at that face -- sly and having fun.

I just finished reading Strong Opinions. At one point he says that when he moved to America he weighed 140 pounds, and twenty years later he weighed 200. "Therefore," he says, "I am one-third American."

Tommy O'C said...

Ya just know he's gonna rub yer face with dem laces in da clinches. It's in his eyes...

Vanwall said...

He woulda moved up a class or two t' fight over his weight, but he was already at the Top Rank - killed a few tomato cans got in his way, too. Watch his right.

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

"David Watts got nuthin' on me."