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

The Cool Hall of Fame #184

Elmore Leonard


Brian said...

Awesome. I love this guy. Reading "Freaky Deaky" right now, as it happens.

Jessica R. said...

One of my favorites, and one of the reasons I've always wanted to be a writer.

Robert Fiore said...

It's getting to be Super Bowl time; how about inducting Joe Namath? Especially considering the Jets are still in it.

Kevin said...

Went to high school and grade school with his son Chris.
Got an autographed paperback copy of "Hombre".