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

So Loathsome I Could Cry #13


Original Caption:

13 Aug 1964, Atlanta, Georgia, USA --- Pickrick restaurant owner Lester Maddox autographs an axe handle for Charles Taylor 8/12, as Maddox continued his defiance of a Federal court order to desegregate. He later was served with an order show cause (by 8/20) why he should not be cited for contempt for refusing service to Negroes 8/11. The axe handles, used effectively to thwart a trio of Negroes seeking service at the Pickrick several weeks ago, have now become souvenirs. A new supply is embossed "Pickrick Drumstick" and Maddox sells them for $2 a piece.


Billy said...

When I was in seventh grade our class went on a trip to the state capitol in Atlanta. Lester Maddox was then the governor of Georgia. He came out to meet us all and handed out "LESTER MADDOX" bumper stickers that had a small axe handle as a graphic. He kissed the boy next to me on the forehead. On the way home we plastered the bumper stickers all over the inside of the bus. Even then we thought he was a dumb redneck.

Tulkinghorn said...

Who could forget Randy Newman's song "Rednecks"?

Last night I saw Lester Maddox on a tv show/With some stuck-up New York Jew./The Jew laughed at Lester Maddox/ and the audience laughed at Lester Maddox too./ Now he may be a fool, but he's our fool/ If you think you're better than him you're wrong.....

rookgaroo said...

A Maddox-autographed axe handle is like a lump of manure from Mr. Ed.
It would probably fetch a few bucks on eBay, but there's the embarrassment of admitting you own it in the first place.