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

Before and After #196: Humphrey Bogart




Fred said...

Is it just me, or is this one of the few before/after where the after is preferable? The before looks like a standard, Hollywood publicity shot matinee idol wannabe, while the after is the look of a star, if even a bit world weary and beleagoured.

Tommy O'C said...

Fred, agreed. I love the Bogart line, "The world is three drinks behind, and it's time they caught up." Of course, the way he supposedly drank, I think the world was more than three drinks behind...