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 #45

Berle Cosell and Rickles
Milton Berle and Don Rickles bookend Howard Cosell, sportscaster, intellectual, social commentater and, yes, fellow jester.


Donald J. Rickles said...

Thanks for the shout-out, you big lug, 'ya !

I'm so steamed you got this Gunslinger gig, you don't know. . . .

Fred said...

Not to mention that Cosell was a graduate of NYU Law School (my alma mater), a fine institution that is moving up the rankings of legal institutions of higher education in these United States and it COULD...GO...ALL...THE...WAY!!