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

Politicians in Action #38

Governor Ronald Reagan rehearses the big speech


Timmy said...

OK, I'll take out the term "Mommie" and substitute it with Nancy...

Brooks said...

Let's see here... Tuesday. Says here I want lobster! No wait, that's dinner. Says here "Tear down that wall, Mr.. " no, that's not the one. "What's that Nancy? The stars favor bacon and eggs?"

"I'll have bacon and eggs".

Sock MonKey 1 said...

"All these cards, not one Bingo"

swac said...

"The bombing starts in five minutes."

*wait for laughter*

Ookla the Mok said...

Amazing that he wrote all his own speeches -- and radio commentary between '76 and '80. No politician then or now does that. In fact Mondale considered doing his own radio addresses, then found out that Reagan wrote his own in longhand on yellow legal pads (you can see them in the book "Reagan in his own hand") and decided he couldn't then do it with writers.

Also that the State people kept taking out the "tear down this wall" line and he kept putting it back in, and told them they could take it out a hundred times, he was still going to say it. Who knew it would be so easy!