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

Authors on Authors #11


"He has no courage, has never climbed out on a limb. He has never used a word where the reader might check his usage by a dictionary."
-- William Faulkner (on Ernest Hemingway)

8 comments :

Chip Hilton said...

"You talkin' to me?"

Justin Timberlake said...

faulkner's a jerk

Christopher said...

you kids get to bed in here!..

Brent McKee said...

Rather unsettling, all things considered.

Radish King said...

Oddly enough, he used to hunt with my grandfather.

Stoney said...

That quote says more about Faulkner than it does about Hemingway. I guess my third grade vocabulary teacher would agree that using five dollar words is courageous. But she wasn't much of a novelist.

G said...

Medical records made available in 1991 confirm that Hemingway's hemochromatosis had been diagnosed in early 1961

Ilya said...

@G So Faulkner was right about the courage then. ;)))