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

P is for Pulp #43

The Black Mask (November 1, 1923)


Fernando said...

Good to know that it's a Mexican bandit with a real wallop. I wouldn't want to waste all that time reading only to finish a wallop-free story.

capewood said...

I'd have never guessed that the guy on the cover was a Mexican bandit.

I wonder what the story "One Dried Head" was about?

Chuck V. said...

Is that John Astin?

Marshall P. Smith said...

Great hat.

Booksteve said...

I thought it looked like Chuck Berry in the seventies.