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 Empire #26


Dave Allen

6 comments :

Kreisler said...

The Roman empire maybe. No pope was safe.

G-Man said...

Erm... he was Irish.

Tom Sutpen said...

Indeed he was, but we're drawing our standard of the British empire from the time of Victoria, you see, so Dave Allen makes for an easy inclusion.

kazu said...

he kind of looks like david lynch here

G-Man said...

Apologies. I'm Irish myself and it can get quite annoying when Irish people are described as being British. But, since I get you though process and this is such an AMAZING blog, I don't mind.

Richard Gibson said...

A very funny individual, seriously underappreciated.