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

When Legends Gather #546


Ronald Reagan, William Holden and Walter Pidgeon

10 comments :

Ryan Kelly said...

William Holden was definitely one of the best Presidents this country ever had.

Greg said...

But no one could beat Walter Pidgeon for Secretary of State. Best ever, bar none.

Tommy O'C said...

Listen, Reagan was a great best man at Holden's wedding. Wait, actually, it was the other way around.

Christopher said...
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Christopher said...

now thats a MANS picture there!....wake up and smell the Brylcreem

Robert Fiore said...

Sort of like the scene early in the movie where everyone's young and idealistic and swears they'll never abandon their liberal principles, then one of them gets kind of shifty-eyed . . .

Ryan Kelly said...

Greg, I'm so glad that you understand why the Holden administration was a great time for this country. But we live in such a partisan society that the History books don't even MENTION his Presidency. It's really disgusting that a great leader's legacy is ignored so.

Fred said...

To ensure the testoterone level in this picture, Ron, Bill and Walt decided to pose in front of a wrestling poster (although Walt almost screwed it up by holding his fag like a chick).

swac said...

Give Walt a break, he did okay for a guy from New Brunswick (Canada, not NJ).

Flynn D said...

Perhaps my all-time favorite quote:

"No, no, no, no. You've got it all wrong. Jimmy Stewart for governor, Ronald Reagan for best friend." -- Attributed to Jack Warner when he first learned that Reagan was running for public office, 1966.