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

This Sporting Life #24
(Con) Artists and Animals #56

Bobby Riggs and mule
Bobby Riggs, 1939 Wimbledon Champ and late-blooming tennis hustler, considers playing the farm circuit after his highly publicized loss to Billie Jean King.


Mike H. said...

Sugar Daddy. I always look for that on Bobby.

estiv said...

The front end of a horse meets the back end?

Fred said...

I don't think Riggs was a horse's ass at all. In retrospect, Riggs was a crucial figure in the development of women's tennis. Billie Jean King was a friend of Riggs for many years after the match and credited him with helping the public realize that women athletes were just as legitimate as their male counterparts. It is no accident that, after the match, the general public began to learn about such amazing athletes as King, Virginia Wade, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. I think Riggs knew exactly what he was doing to advance his female friends in the sport of tennis, and if he made a few bucks on the side, well, what's wrong with that?

estiv said...

@Fred, sounds like you know more about it than I do -- I'll defer to your judgment.

Timmy said...

Ah, come on! Tell them who these guys REALLY are... Chill Wills & Peter Sellers