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

Jesters of the Republic #43

London Lee


Peter L. Winkler said...


Tom Sutpen said...

London Lee was fairly well-known in the mid-60s; at least as well known as a handful of appearances on Sullivan, Carson, Bishop, etc. could make you. His act (and what I've heard of it was pitiful) was centered around jokes about his wealthy family (his old man being some kind of big deal in the garment district back then). By 1970, his days of national exposure were behind him and his career took up more or less permanent residence in the Catskills.

I think he still performs, too.

michaelE said...

He was so lame I actually remember him!
Thank-you for reminding me?

Joe non Papa said...

Typical LL line:
Daddy: "You want to live in slum? I'll BUY you a slum!"