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

Before and After #220: Teller Ede (aka Edward Teller)




jim smith said...

In the first the Budapest trolley had yet to amputate one of his legs. You can see the difference in his eyes.

1960s. Lawyer Len Garment and Richard Nixon (partner in Nixon, Mudge, Rose, Guthrie and Alexander)are returning to the office after lunch with Teller. Garment notes the dandruff in Teller's eyebrows. Nixon says: "That's not dandruff. It's strontium 90."

That quote is from Garment demonstrating that Nixon really did have an "urbane" sense of humor.

Trader said...

Strange kind of guy: he had suggestion to drill petroleum with atomic bombs...