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

The Art of American Fantasy #39


Tempest said...

NOW This is the REAL deal!
Like the X-Ray glasses.

Screw the cardboard tank-can't see through dresses or get women to do what you want them to do with that thing.

("But DAD!!!!"

"Don't 'BUT DAD' me! Give that here right now young man.!")

heh yeah even Dad would want to check this out.

Maureen said...

I think my boss had one of these.

Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

What the hell is it about this site? I can't explain it. All I know is that I love it!

If "If Charlie Parker Was A Gun Slinger There'd Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats" was a gunslinger, there would be no dead copycats!

There's nothing like it out there.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

Tom Sutpen said...


I can't explain it either. Like Charles Foster Kane, we just try everything we can think of.

Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Oh! So you're the one responsible for my addiction!

Nice to meet you, Tom!

All the best,

Tom Degan

Tempest said...

Oh before I forget I know I read somewhere Sinatra and JFK had one of these.

I think Arthur Miller turned Sinatra on to this.

Christopher said...

LOL..that Hypno-Coin at the bottom..Hypnotize in MINUTES!..I can just imagine some kid thinking he'll get women coming up the driveway like sleepwalkers by the hundreds.

wednesday said...

It really is easy to hypnotize. I'm doing it to you now ...

Fred said...

I tried the hypno-coin on my mom. Didn't work. She still wouldn't buy me the cardboard battle tank.

Tommy O'C said...

You will be mine, you will be mine, you will be mine, all mine...