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

Tricky: Scenes from a Life #88


Tricky amuses his Secret Service detail with a Douglas Fairbanks imitation (1971)

11 comments :

Douglas Fairbanks said...

Hey --how dare you!

Please don't associate me with that guy -- he was as crazy as a shithouse rat. . . .

Brooks said...

I am not a leaping crook.

James Walsh said...

I love those shots of Richard Nixon.

Tom Sutpen said...

Sorry, Doug. But '71 is a little too early for Jackie Chan comparisons . . . that's what you get for being an innovator.

James Walsh said...

I would also like to add that in my eyes and in the eyes of most europeans Richard Nixon was one of the most skilled, most effective and most skilled president the United States has ever seen. Most crises today could be seen by through a prism of ' what would Richard Nixon do' under similar circumstances. America cut of one of its limbs when they got rid of him.

Richard said...

Finally, a fav for Tricky Dicky. Paranoid, yeah, maybe. But even in those high steroid days he saw that American might had its limit. I'd vote for him again and that's more than I can say for any of the rest of his ilk I've voted for since....

Richard said...

Ps: I was referring to the James Walsh commentary. Nixon say the world not as he wished it but as it was.

Brooks said...

Truth be told it wasn't America that cut of the limb of Nixon - twas Nixon himself that cut of Dick.

I suppose on some level having a thug in the white house was effective in dealing with other foreign thuggish leaders. But watching Nixon from his red baiting days through to the plumbers was enough to know he had no place in an America based on the freedom of the people.

James Walsh said...

Nixon was no thug but a skilled politician who got caught doing what other politicians do all the time and what is only the reality of the day. I don't excuse his misbehavior nor condone his ways but they must be seperated from the man himself and what he did for the country. He ended the war, he put a realistic spin on world affairs, he opened the door to China. He prepared the Soviet Union for Ronald Reagan to break down and he worked hard for this country. He was no saint but I would love to hear what went on in the oval office during a few other administrations to compare his m.o. to others.

Brooks said...

I much prefer me some Truman, Clinton, or even Carter. Especially Carter. Nixon is the Michael Jackson of Presidents. Weird and creepy.

I look at the "achievements" and all I see are reflections of the man. Checkers. Bombs. Racism. Break ins. Black lists. Dirty tricks. Fired special prosecutors. Wage controls. Enemies list. Too cheap corn. Ford. Lies. Four dead in Ohio.

Widespread mistrust of authority is the best thing to come from Nixon.

Clearly we disagree. People who disagreed with Nixon were bugged, smeared, fired and barred.

Timmy said...

Right on , James. Mr. Nixon was one of the best of the modern era.