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

Adventures in the National Pastime #12

Today's Adventure

Original Caption:

St. Louis -- Members of the New York Yankees and their wives arrive on the eve of the World Series opener against the St. Louis Cardinals. Left to right: Mr. and Mrs. Joe DiMaggio, manager Joe McCarthy, Mrs. Vernon Gomez, Mrs. McCarthy, Lefty Gomez, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles 'Red' Ruffing.


thingy said...

You must be hot, when you wear a dead animal.

Pat Mc Elroy said...

Vernon Gomez???? Say it ain't so?

Fred said...

That's the first time I've ever seen Red and Lefty referred to as Charles and Vernon.