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

The Last Temptation of Gilbert Stuart #2


The Percy Children (1787)

3 comments :

ilduce said...

As a matter of sheer coincidence i was just pointing out Gilbert Stuart's grave to a friend while crossing Boston Common last night.

Loyolalaw98 said...

I think it interesting that while Gilbert Stuart gained much of his notoriety in the USA by his paintings of Washington and other "founding fathers," he nonetheless was a Tory during the Revolution, albeit safely in England.

The "Percy" children are the offspring of Hugh Percy who commanded British troops in Massachusetts during the Revolutionary war.

I guess after the War the wealthy were quick to make amends, especially as pertained to artists.

Hugh Percy's half brother is the Smithson of Smithsonian fame.

NadineisthatU said...

Knew Walker Percy, Louisiana, and wondered if there was a connection. Guess Not. Walker wrote a wonderful article for the Atlantic Monthly (Harper's) in late 80's early 90's, The Diagnostic Novel, that is a masterpiece of his speaking directly to us. Quite associated with dogs and (I think) Peacocks.