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

Faces of Science #14


J. Robert Oppenheimer

4 comments :

Tommy O'C said...

Anyone ever see The Day After Trinity? Powerful stuff. He gave his soul for his country. And was branded a traitor.

newspeak101 said...

Genie, bottle, etc.

Greg said...

Tommy, I love The Day After Trinity. I reviewed it a couple of years ago on Cinema Styles. I'm fascinated with the Manhattan Project and have read most books on the subject. Oppy was an incredibly complicated and at times maddening person.

Tempest said...

After Trinity {The secrecy, the scientific mystery, the expense, the gargantuan effort to build the 'Gadget'. And mind you -not one type of bomb BUT 2 DIFFERENT types.

And his mission;end THE War.

It's all downhill after that isn't it?

I mean what's left for you?

Build a bigger bomb? Atom's for Peace {Our Friend The Atom'}?

Even trying to save your good name and reputation isn't going to top the war effort.



Spent.