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

Action, Now! #18

Patti Smith joins protesters against the US backing of the shah of Iran (1975)


Brooks said...

I can understand the sentiment but the result was probably not what she hoped.

archer said...

that well sums up the left, brooks; sentiment and emotion over rational thought.

Fred said...

Another gang of Useful Idiots. Change the word "Iran" to "Israel" and "Shah" to "Netanyahu" and you can re-use the signs, with similar ignorance of the issues at hand and the ultimate results of the protests.

My wife grew up in Iran and, compared to the other countries in the region, it was a paradise. And compared to the despots who ruled (and still rule) in the Middle East, he was a benevolent man who paid a price for trying to move his country into the 20th Century, improving the rights of women and protecting the lives of religious minorities. The Shah's son recently committed suicide because of what the Mullahs have done to his country. I know many Iranian ex-pats of various religions who would welcome the return of the Pahlavis to control of Iran, and the death of Ahmadinejad and his ilk.

de Selby said...

Some would say that it was our support of the Shah in the face of popular opposition that created the negative outcome, not the people drawing attention to it several years before the Iranian revolt.

archer said...

tell it, fred!

de Selby said...

There's a demographic in Florida that pines for Batista, too. And Fidel has been bad, bad, bad.

This does not diminish the tradition of support for nascent self-rule in the United States or, I suppose, enhance its popularity among the more authoritarian and paternalistic of us.