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 Lunatic Fringe #2

Guy and Edna Ballard.


Gwyllm said...

Well, their legacy still lives on. Who are we to judge? As far as splinter groups go, the I Am Society is pretty harmless.

Ever been to Mt. Shasta?

Greg said...

Harmless or not, the subjects of this series will be figures who started or currently head up organizations viewed with either fear or suspicion by mainstream society. That means they could be crazy, dangerous folks or just proponents of alternative philosophies. And when you're talking about mainstream America fearing something, oh boy, the list is endless!

Anji said...

Anybody else notice that the last three pics all include people with the last name of Ballard? How coincidental!!