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

Guest Contributor Friday #1: Round Two

Artists in Action #546

In an undated photograph, Lenny Bruce, one of the greatest humorists of the twentieth century, is hauled off the stage like a common criminal. God bless America.

Guest Contributor: Tom Degan of The Rant


Rhys Ziemba said...

I really like Don DeLillo's portrayal of Lenny in "Underworld". He is arguably the only heroic character in the book. "WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!"

Steven Augustine said...

RZ: I second that! Imagine Lenny returning to the USA after almost 50 years to find teens going to prison for innocuous "offenses" like "sexting"... think he'd be a little depressed to discover he really did, possibly, "die in vain"...?

MichaelRyerson said...

Something deeply unsettling about this image of Lenny. Of course, he would find that all to the good but here his humanity just leaps off the page. It's pretty easy to love him for what he was and did and what he endured. Here the price he would pay becomes apparent.

Sock MonKey 1 said...

If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.

Tommy O'C said...

Lenny played right into their publicity-seeking hands--not that he could help himself, because he was a drug-tormented man. And not that they were righteous, 'cause they sure as hell were not.

PMMF Custodian said...

Fantastic image.