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

Men of God #23


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

7 comments :

MichaelRyerson said...

Judging from this picture Rev. King didn't know the first thing about pool.

Fred said...

Maybe so, but isn't it great to see a picture that shows the man being a person and not the usual iconography that we see of Dr. King?

Tempest said...

Rule number 1 of a pool hustler.

Don't look like you can play pool.

Just say'n.

MichaelRyerson said...

Good rule Tempest, but rule number 1 only applies until you start to shoot, you know while the wagers are going down you can look like a rube. But when you start to shoot you'd better know how to hold a stick and the right rev ain't close. but he knows it, he's just goofin for his friends. nice suit, too.

Hoppin' John said...

I disagree, it looks like he's spent some time in a pool hall. Eschewing the rake/bridge (which may not have been available) on a shot too long to comfortably reach while wearing a suit, the Righteous Rev uses the behind-the-back shortcut. Can't tell whether he's trying to cut the 11 ball into the bottom corner or bank it into the upper corner, but either way, I find it hard to criticize his skills on the basis of this picture.

MichaelRyerson said...

In that case, Hoppin' John, if ever we meet, howabout a couple of racks of 8-ball? (bring your wallet). No one, and I mean no one, who plays pool, grips a cue like that, at either end. I have no problem with his decision to eschew the bridge and go backside, I don't even fault him for keeping the suit coat on, although I would have taken it off. But what I find telling is his fingertip grip on the butt of the cue and the fey address at the tip-end. Neither provides the slightest control and taken together, he's just goofin around. Leave out the part about the object-ball (eleven) being directed to roughly the center of the short end bumper (he has no earthly idea where that ball is going). But after all, it was only a photo op.

jp 吉平 said...

Everybody's still wearing their overcoat in the picture. The poolhall wasn't heated? I'm guessing they were just passing through, and they asked Dr. King for a photo.