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

Artists and Animals #59


Ernest Hemingway stares at a clean, well lighted kitty-cat

8 comments :

Tempest said...

Papa is looking at that cat like he is going to have it for lunch.

justjack said...

Papa doing his best Foster Brooks imitation.

pinstripebindi said...

I wonder if that was the famous 6-toed cat.

Christopher said...

I can't help it!..I just gotta have it...Don't turn your back on me Mr. Kitty!..You think you're so high qnd mighty..well don't ya!? DON'T YA!!??

swac said...

Garfield and Jon, right before the end.

Kimberly Lindbergs said...

There's something incredibly sad about this picture and I can't really explain why it seems to have that effect on me.

I suddenly have the urge to hug my cat!

MadHatter said...

Papa and pussycat look eerily alike in this pic......!

Marc said...

it was the cat that revved up the angst in the story of the same name, wasn't it?

damn - he does look like foster brooks!