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

When Legends Gather #606

Joyce Carol Oates and Mike Tyson


Buster Stronghart said...

I heard Joyce Carol Oates, Mike Tyson and Bill Mazer, (the Amazin') on the radio probably when this picture was taken. Oates is a serious boxing fan and had written a book called "On Boxing." Mazer, of course, knew everything about everybody; but Mike Tyson was right up there with Oates and Mazer when it came to the history of boxing, the fighters, their styles, and their records.
--No dummy, Tyson! A very intelligent man...

Ian said...


Tommy O'C said...

Yes. Except when it comes to life outside the ring.