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

This Sporting Life #12

Original Caption:

Welterweight Andy (The Hawk) Price, beaten only once in 23 pro fights, now is co-managed by Burt Reynolds (r) and TV's Six Million-Dollar-Man, Lee Majors, who hope to keep Price active. Andy has not fought since last March. He meets Rudy Barro in tomorrow night's 10-round main event at the Olympic. Hawk's record is 19-1-3.

1 comment :

asleep said...

January 29th, 1976.
"...has not fought since last March." Hawk's opponent, Rudy Barro, was the guy that gave him his only defeat up to that date (manager duo's choice, probably); Barro had knocked Hawk out in the second round, two years earlier. Eventually, Hawk won his comeback match by unanimous decision, after ten rounds.