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

Watts! #15

4 comments :

Vanwall said...

Hmm. Fixed Bayonets.

Robert Fiore said...

I remember going to the grocery store in the aftermath of the Rodney King riots. I see another shopper there and I'm thinking, "That guy's really into camo." Then I look down at his shopping cart and see that there's three helmets in it, and I suddenly remember this grocery store is right next to the National Guard staging area . . .

Rick Perlstein said...

I reported from Watts the day Barack Obama was elected.

http://www.newsweek.com/2008/11/04/a-new-message-from-watts-hope-but-verify.html

estiv said...

Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland, reads this blog? Wow.