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

Tricky: Scenes from a Life #102

tricky dick and mom
Tricky's mom sucks parasite out of the side of his head. Parasite put on "Enemies List" shortly after.

8 comments :

MichaelRyerson said...

Does it strike anyone else as odd that they are, at the same time, shaking hands like a couple of midwestern Rotarians?

Tom Sutpen said...

Tricky was born with a facility for such handshakes.

Tod Brody said...

Excellent caption!

Greg said...

Thanks, Tod. The "Chairman of the Young Republicans" type in front there looks a bit uneasy watching the whole spectacle play out.

Gerard Saylor said...

As a midwestern Rotarian, I have to say my mother never sucked parasites from my head.

Tod Brody said...

I shook that hand, in 1968, sort of. I was 14, and my h.s. history class got out of school to go to a place where the Nixon campaign was doing an event. Many hundreds of people, and with a kind of morbid curiosity (already a fierce Nixon hater), I reached out my hand when he came along the line. It was nothing like the firm grip he is using here on his mom (!), more a dead fish kind of grab of the fingers. His hand was clammy, and I felt pretty slimed.

MichaelRyerson said...

G.S., I envy you your handshaking gifts.

asleep said...

Heartwarming scene, excellent series.
But where is #102, if I may ask.