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

Twilight of the Dreamboats #29

Paso Robles, CA (1955)


Timmy said...

Jimmy's ride to the stars...

Vanwall said...

That was an unlucky car - even some of the "Little Bastard" parts sold after the wreck were in racers that had fatal or near-fatal accidents. George Barris, the famous custom hot-rodder who bought it after the crash, had a series of strange incidents with it, included fatalities, until it up and vanished in 1960.

Tempest said...

That Porsche definitely had very bad karma.
Like certain boats, buildings and airplanes Why? Who knows? Maybe some evil stuff at the factory with the people assembling it.

From IMDB on the actor Alec Guiness

'While filming The Swan (1956) in Hollywood he met James Dean, just days before the young actor's death. Sir Alec later recalled predicting that Dean would die in a car crash: when Dean showed Guinness his newly-bought Porsche, Guinness advised him to "Get rid of that car, or you'll be dead in a week!" Guinness unfortunately proved right'

Taken that road a number of times in Central Calif. Not really Paso Robles proper it's the cutoff from 101 to 5 (Mostly a 2 lane highway links from Hwy 101 to Hwy 5 f***'n ag trucks are bitch to pass).

Gotta confess-if I had an aircooled Porsche and the police weren't around a country road I'd have open her up. I mean what's the use of having a Porsche if your not going to do that?

James Dean R.I.P.

P.S. Had a Honda Civic Station Wagon for 14 years whenever it broke down it was ALWAYS in a parking lot close to home and I can't begin to tell you the lonely stretches I traveled in the American West with that car-including the aforementioned highway


Tempest said...


Vanwall said...

I wasn't kidding. If ever a car was of the Devil, this one was it.

marietta said...

Timmy,sad poetry.