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

Adventures in the Fight Racket #40


Today's Adventure: Newly-minted Heavyweight Champion Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali) poses for a photo taken by one of his fans (1964)

7 comments :

pachuco hands said...

Ali's fan looks a lot like Malcolm X!

ivarz said...

that fan could be Malcolm X, looks like him...

MadHatter said...

It is .

Tom Sutpen said...

That is indeed the late El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz; who brought the then-Cassius Clay into The Nation of Islam, only to be denounced by him within months.

Fred said...

So did Cassius, I mean Muhammed, start the NOI bowtie trend?

Emrys Eustace, hygt Broom said...

Nope, Fred. Malcolm X was already known for wearing a bowtie. More like Malcolm influenced Muhammed into that fashion choice.

Eclecticity said...

So who denounced who?

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