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

Faces of Science #1


Dr. Edward Teller.

11 comments :

Christopher said...

..Bring me the Head of Julius Sumner Miller...hes my man!

Greg said...

It looks like he's trying to do the hand gesture for sexual intercourse but keeps missing. He was probably distressed because we hadn't blown up the rest of the world yet.

Tempest said...

I never cared for this man.

Fred said...

We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

Maureen said...

Okay, what dance is he doing and why is he wearing that shirt?

Greg said...

It's a bizarre portrait of him I located through an old archive years ago. I don't know what he's doing, I waffled between making him the first in this new series or putting him in "Madmen of the 20th Century." Finally, I opted for the new series. Perhaps another time.

minouette said...

As a "Woman of Science" and a physicist to boot, I almost rather you had put him in "Madmen of the 20th Century" than starting a series called "Men of Science". Love the photographs, as always, but I don't love the series title.

What happens when you find a compelling photo of a scientist who happens not to fit the description "Men"? Is "The Scientists" just not snappy enough for you?

Tommy O'C said...

I'd agree with "Madmen of the Twentieth Century," if you included some of his Soviet counterparts. Nutty, yeah. But he kept your butt safe so you could minuet your way through physics, liebchen...

Greg said...

minouette, I was doing a take on Tom's already developed series "Men of Faith." This was my counter to that. Naturally when I put up a woman it will say "Women of Science" as Tom does for the "Men of Faith" heading. It's a pliable heading. Being the first in the series I'm not averse to changing it at this point. Perhaps "Faces of Science." Hmmm.

Greg said...

"Faces of Science" it is. Upon reflection, I do have quite a few pics of women in the sciences so the series title in fact made little sense.

swac said...

I notice no one complains about the Madmen series title.