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

Weekend #5

6 comments :

MichaelRyerson said...

For those of us old to remember this was a sad, sad day.

a. said...

Ah, the quick inauguration of LBJ.

John said...

MR beat me to it.
Bobby Kennedy's death was terribly sad, but tinged also with anger and fear, coming so soon after MLK's. John Lennon's was sad, but he was, well, "only" a musician, not a Head of State. 9/11 was heart-wrenching, along with an avalanche of other emotions, which sort of overwhelmed the sadness. But 47 years after the event, no single day in American history has just been so damn heartbraking as the Day the President Was Shot.
As Daniel Patrick Moynihan said to journalist Mary McGrory, who feared that the country would never laugh again: "Mary, we'll laugh again, but we'll never be young again."

estiv said...

MR and John, I agree. I had seen him the day before at his speech at Brooks AFB. The whole situation made for a weird introduction to the capricious brutality of the real world.

That's Jackie's back, right? With her husband's casket in the next room...

MichaelRyerson said...

I would assume from the expressions of the people in the cabin this is Jackie on the left, although she must have changed her clothes because when Johnson took the oath, Jackie was clearly still wearing the same suit she'd worn in the convertible (and it had a dark, contrasting collar). In fact, in most photos of the swearing in, blood stains are visible on her jacket. As I said, a sad, sad day.

Steven Augustine said...

Why not show the photo of Albert Thomas winking at LBJ...?