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

Norman Rockwell Saved from Drowning #26

Tattoo Artist (1944)


marietta said...

His kind of humor,esprit and talent and humanity is so amazing,very like him.

justjack said...

Reminds me of a Brit war flick (the name escapes me; was it Morning Departure?) where two sailors are vying for a chance to woo the same woman. The first guy fools the second guy into thinking her name is "Arabella" when it isn't, so during the cruise the second guy painfully has his "I love my Nelly" tattoo transformed into "I love my Arabella." At one point they break to go to action stations, at which time the transformation is only half finished, and the tattoo reads "I love my Belly." Heh!

Hugh Robert said...

The film was the excellent "We Dive At Dawn" [1943] starring John Mills in the lead role, concerning the exploits of the submarine "Sea Tiger" [P61]. The sailor with the tattoo was the Coxswain, Chief Petty Officer 'Dickie' Dabbs, played by Reginald Purdell.