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

Weekend #11

6 comments :

Arthur Gilroy said...

A perfect picture of the hypnomedia at work. Thank you.

AG

galatea. said...

wow. what a crazy time that must have been.

Trader said...

Great picture.

Just as America still meant something...

John said...

For those too young to remember . . . think "9/11", without the endless video loops on cable news all day and night. It was the single most shocking day in America since Pearl Harbor - perhaps even more so. We stayed glued to the television set that evening just to get a glimpse (in B&W) of Jackie getting off the plane with her husband's casket at Andrews AFB after returning from Texas, still wearing the blood-stained suit she'd been wearing all day. For virtually all of us, THAT was the first actual image that confirmed for us that this dreadful thing had really happened. Everything we had seen and heard before that moment was second- or third-hand, even on TV. But the sight of Mrs. Kennedy's stunned and shattered gaze, and the dark smears on the front of her skirt as she got off the plane that evening, was the most deflating thing I think I had ever seen.

MichaelRyerson said...

Like it was yesterday. Like it was yesterday.

VP81955 said...

RIP not only JFK, but the World-Telegram and Journal-American.