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

Men of God #18


The Honorable Elijah Muhammad

7 comments :

Kreisler said...

Gone to hang our with Fard on the mothership

Timmy said...

Nice Shriners' hat. Kinda like the ones Fred & Barney used to wear.

Gregory Peccary, N.G.W.S. said...

Honorable? That's sarcasm, right?

Tom Sutpen said...

No, that was his title. Not his full title . . . I believe that was 'Messenger of Allah, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad' . . . but his title nonetheless.

Gregory Peccary, N.G.W.S. said...

I understood that to be the case when making my comment.I think when one gives oneself a title which is 180 degrees out of phase with reality, we have no obligation to observe it.

A particularly disturbing example of a sense of obligation to accept sham as reality is the case of surgically mutilated, so-called "transsexuals" being addressed as though the reality weren't known.

Anyway, I'm sure your inclusion of the title wasn't an expression of your agreement, this sort of thing just irks me and I just wanted to take the opportunity to express my annoyance. Love this place.

Fred said...

Louis with the shotgun at the Audubon Ballroom! We are playing Clue, aren't we?

Kenmeer livermaile said...

I think we can call anything anything we feel like calling it. Lester Young typically called male peers of his realm 'Lady (fella's name)'.

We homo saps have a thing for Manichean polarity, or something. Whatever ye'd call it.

He wears it well, whatever it is. I suspect Robin Williams has a replica in his Secret Closet.