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

Jesters of the Republic #33

Joe E. Brown


samuel said...

never saw him with a closed mouth

Marshall P. Smith said...

I meet him once in the 1960's when I was a kid. He was with Lefty Gomez and Allie Reyonalds, AKA 'Superchief', at a little leage baseball game in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Of course he wasn't dressed up fancy like in this picture.

Tommy O'C said...

never saw him with a closed mouthOnly men he's fixin' to blow to Glory see that closed mouth.