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

Newspapermen #35


Hunter S. Thompson

8 comments :

estiv said...

The hairline changed over the years, but the shades and facial expression remained the same.

Patrick Ciccone said...

Great Madmen of the 20th Century?

Nate said...

Only the military can engender such contempt of authority...

Tommy O'C said...

"Sometimes his rebel and superior attitude seems to rub off on other airmen staff members," pretty much summed up his career in the Air Force.

BTW, this begged for a "BEFORE" and "AFTER."

Tom Sutpen said...

This image was in fact a prospective 'Before', but I had trouble coming up with the always-unspoken 'what' (which is the real subject of these Before/After entries) so I threw it on here as a 'Newspapermen' instead.

Tommy O'C said...

It's a great shot.

Timmy said...

A Self Pictoral.

swac said...

Before and after Tricky?