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

When Legends Gather #542


Toots Shor and Dean Martin

10 comments :

Flickhead said...

I think I'm going to change my name to Toots.

Matt said...

Don't know who this is with Deano, but I promise you this isn't Toots Shor. You can check out what Toots looks like at Tootsthemovie.com.

richat said...

"Toots Flickhead" doesn't really have much of a ring to it, I'm afraid!

Timmy said...

Toots Flanders.

Peter L. Winkler said...

Look's like Larry Flynt. Also, what or who's on the floor they're looking down on?

Fred said...

Based on what they're drinking, my guess is that they are looking down at the ceiling.

jim smith said...

That's Jesse Unruh,circa 1960-something. He was the Speaker of the California Assembly and was the closest thing California ever had to an old time Eastern-style boss. Kingmaker. Tough pol. Skinnied down in weight and gave up easy re-election in the Legislature in '70 to take a chance for Governor against Reagan, who was up for re-election. Got creamed. Even very shrewd men can let their vanity get in the way of good sense. Exeunt Jesse Unruh. Jim

laamish said...

Toots Shor and Jesse Unruh as played by John Goodman.

swac said...

Unruh was also with Robert Kennedy on the podium at the Ambassador, moments before Bobby was gunned down.

jim smith said...

By 1968 Unruh had skinnied down a good bit as is eveident in those pics you see of him with RFK at the Ambassador. I guess he was already thinking of challenging Reagan in '70.