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 #199: Joyce Carol Oates

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5 comments :

Jessica R. said...

She's one of my favorites, you can chart 20th century America through her work.

swac said...

The '70s were such a cruel decade.

Milan said...

"The three saddest words in the English language ..."

Vladimir Estragon said...

Didn't she try to shoot Gerald Ford?

Lex10 said...

No premature ejaculation for me this week! Thanks!