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

A Who's Who of The Cold War #11

Sen Patrick McCarran (D-NV)


jim smith said...

Remember the arrogant, corrupt Nevada Senator in Godfather 2 that Michael Corleone brings to heel. That character was based on McCarran who used anti-Communism to cover a host of his sins. Whether he was ever actually brought to heel by is "goodfellas" benefactors, I dunno. I think the airport in Vegas or Reno is named after him.

Fred said...

Vegas. And he also sponsored the key piece of immigration legislation which was the law of the land until the late 80s.