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 Art of the Courtroom #2


Drawing for CBS Evening News of Bobby G. Seale with Arnold Markle, State Attorney for the Judicial District of New Haven, in the background.
(Robert Templeton; 1971)

2 comments :

Fred said...

I guess this could be a courtroom before and after set, with the next one of Seale gagged and bound to a chair (and before anyone complains, yes, I know that happened at the Chicago 8 trial in Chicago, not the New Haven trial).

Testify said...

Sorry to harp on about Brando but Seale (see below) was quoted as saying:" I had always admired Marlon from the time I was 16 and saw The Wild One"
The admiration was, for a time at least, mutual. according to Bosworth's biography Brando asked Seale to look over the script of Burn!.He certainly attended Black Panther secretary (and, lest we forget, a 17yr old boy) Bobby Hutton's funeral saying that Hutton could have been his son. Not all those involved in the struggle for racial equality approved of Brando's intervention. Brando believed James Farmer the head of the Congress of Racial Equality "despised me because I was just another knee jerk white liberal to him." Brando's interest and support for the Panthers seems to have ended in May 68.