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

Adventures in the Fight Racket #35

Today's Adventure

Original Caption:

Rocky Won't Put That Crown on the Shelf.

New York -- Rocky Marciano, sporting a left eye shiner as a memento of his victorious ring encounter last night with Archie Moore, is shown with his manager Al Weill during a press conference today. Marciano said he has "no thought in my mind to retire right now," although his family and a few personal friends want him to. Weill said Rocky will not defend his title again before next June, and mentioned as possible opponents Hurricane Jackson, Bob Baker, Nino Valdes and Floyd Patterson. (1955)

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