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

Vietnam: Dramatis Personae #14


King Norodom Sihanouk

7 comments :

Vanwall said...

Dang, that guy could karaoke!

Peter L. Winkler said...

He was the king of Cambodia, not Vietnam.

Tom Sutpen said...

Indeed he was, but in 1965 he made a pact with the North Vietnamese government to allow the establishment of more or less permanent bases within Cambodian borders, thus drawing his country inexorably into conflict with the United States, and thus paving the way for his inclusion in this series.

Tom Sutpen said...

Karaoke was the least of it. Sihanouk was a sax playin' fool. A regular Rudy Vallee on that instrument.

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plainwater said...

When I was a young warthoggggg

Fred said...

I wonder what instrument Salath Saar mastered during his pre-Khmer Rouge days?