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 #611

Harry S. Truman and Jack Benny


Robert Fiore said...

"Nero played while Rome was burning
For a match right now I'm yearning . . ."

Seriously though, Benny monopolizing a Stradivarius to practice his particular gift seems a rather notable example of celebrity vanity.

mudo said...

Long time lurker (and appreciator), first time poster. Love what you've done here, but felt the need to point out that President Truman's middle name was "S", and that is not an initial, therefore the period should be removed. Keep up the fantastic job!

justjack said...

"Nero played while Rome was burning
For a match right now I'm yearning . . ."

As sung by Professor LeBlanc!

When would this picture have been taken? After Truman's time in office?

VP81955 said...

Guys, stick to your day jobs.

Brent McKee said...

Strictly speaking Jack was doing his day job.