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 #14


John E. Rankin

6 comments :

swac said...

John E. Rankin, not to be confused with Reverend John Rankin.

estiv said...

Something seems off here. This pic looks nothing like the images of Rankin on Wikipedia, and also looks like it was probably taken in the nineteenth century, although he was born in 1882.

swac said...

I think I'd have to agree...I found this photo labelled as such, but among other features, the chins are completely different. New photo to come...

estiv said...

Have to add here that you've changed the picture, otherwise the previous comments make no sense! And thanks for posting this -- I try to be aware of the sort of people this category covers, but can't recall ever hearing of him before.

swac said...

Oh well, I thought I'd leave the comments up anyway, we're all human here at the Gunslinger, although I'm curious to find out who that other John Rankin was.

SUZANNEGOSS said...

that's the bastard that called Walter Winchell a "slimy little kike" on the floor of the Congress in 1942 -- back when he (Winchell) was baiting nazis (yes, folks, there was a time he was on the right side of things. Actually much longer than he was on the far right side of things.)