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 #15

Muscle magazine journalist and one-time owner of the original Venice, CA Gold's Gym, Ken Sprague, covers Arnold Schwarznegger's training as Schwarznegger attempts to take a sixth consecutive Mr. Olympia title in 1975. He did.


Joanne said...

gotta be steroids for Arnold. We have a very old body training book by Arnold and he didn't look that ripply.

Timmy said...

I REEEELY like it here, in Kalleephoooorneeea, maybe someday I'll RULE it!

Greg said...

Steroids were not, in fact, illegal in the competitions back then and Arnold fully admits to loading up on them.

Vanwall said...

An Austrian corporal using a minority to ascend to political power - who'd'a thunk it?

Tempest said...

He was so full of bullshi+ back then. Now - Hey Arnold isn't middle aged fun!!!??? (sez this 56 year old)

I loved that weightlifting documentary where he lost Lou Figarignos favorite shirt to screw with Lou's mind before the body building competition.