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

They Were Collaborators #628


J. Robert Oppenheimer and Edward Teller

7 comments :

jim smith said...

They were collaborators on the A-bomb. But Oppy and Teller were at loggerheads on a lot of matters. The H-bomb, for instance. And I think they despised eachother. Teller was a major witness against Oppy when it came time to decide whether to pull Oppy's security clearance. What I see here is a dying man and a healthy man who don't like eachother but are trying to be cordial. That's all.

Jared said...

Yes, Teller is looking fit as a fiddle. This is long before Jane Fonda gave him that heart attack.

Kreisler said...

Teller found Oppenheimer far too ambiguous in his views. When Teller was detailed to work on the H Bomb, Oppenheimer commented that it would be many years before anyone could improve on their work. Did he mean the Soviets or did he mean that Teller could never beat Oppie? Either way Teller was well pissed off and remained so.

Greg said...

Oppy let Teller work on fusion devices at Los Alamos because the fucker (Teller) wouldn't lend a goddamn hand with the fission research that they needed then and there. So Oppy just let him go his own way.

Brooks said...

Oppenheimer was able to build a coalition among people intensely motivated to create the bomb. Teller wasn't able to yield to anyone.

ART said...

Pull my finger,on second thought don't somethihg might go off!

Sterling Hada said...

Makes me wonder when Teller sprouted those wing-like eyebrows that he was noted for.