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

True Tales from the Bicentennial Year #3


Original Caption:

Washington -- Three House members talk about the upcoming Congressional investigation into Marine Corps. recruiting and training practices. Several prominent reports of abuse and death among trainees, including the cases of Pvt. Harry Hancock and Pvt. Lynn McClure, who both died in training, caused there to be question of whether the Marine Corp was capable of making the radical changes that were needed to its past practices. House members said they have been assured of a Congressional investigation into Marine Corps recruiting and training practices that have allegedly resulted in death and injury to young men. (1976)

1 comment :

Mike H. said...

I think the guy in the middle is Charlie Wilson, he of his war...