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

Artists in Action #562

J.D. Salinger turns on the charm


estiv said...

Wow. Where in the world did you get this?

And from what I've learned recently, that smile is very characteristic. For such a deep and poetic soul, he loved him some pretty ladies.

Greg said...

Actually Tom, I was wondering that too. After Salinger died I searched high and low through Public Library and University Archives, Library of Congress, etc and came up blank.

MichaelRyerson said...

As Salinger later explained, "I may be a recluse but I'm not an idiot."

defried said...

Awesome post!
This is, hands down, my favorite blog to haunt, and JD is my favorite author. I was so excited to see this picture posted because it stems from my hometown of Jacksonville, Fl where he was visiting actress Elaine Joyce (pictured) while she was performing at the Alhambra Dinner Theater in 1992. They were "dating" through correspondence, but this was the first time they met. My favorite blog, author, and city included in one post...Thanks!!