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 Heretofore Unmentioned #109


Wyatt Earp

9 comments :

danny said...

hey mister-
i have read this site for what seems like years but never commented. i love the new design. keep up the good work!

Brent McKee said...

The last time you tried going to white with black print it didn't work. This time the subtle addition of grey is a major improvement; it eliminates the stark quality. Well done.

Joe Thompson said...

I wonder if this was late in life when he lived in San Francisco. He is buried in the Jewish cemetery in Colma. Long story.

MichaelRyerson said...

I think it's safe to say its late in life.

Brent McKee said...

Not such a long story. When Earp died in 1929 his wife (probably his common law wife) Josie Marcus had him cremated and buried at the Marcus family plot in Colma. Her ashes were buried next to his when she died in 1944.

Tom Sutpen said...

danny and Brent:

Thanks! I thought I was done tinkering with the look of this thing . . . and I'll doubtless end up tinkering with it some more . . . but I thought I'd give another shot to a wholesale facelift, as it were. This time it worked.

Ron Scheer said...

Thanks for the pic of Wyatt. Kevin Costner should look so good when he's that age.

Christopher said...

I ain't forgot you..old man!..I'm callin' you out!

MichaelRyerson said...

'Ah, my brother Morgan's gun. Like ya ta meet my brothers, Doc. That big fella with the smile, that's my brother Morgan. That young, good lookin fella's my brother Virg. Fellas, say hi to Doc Holiday.'