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 #4

"Doctor" John Brinkley and wife, Minnie, prepare to insert a small sample taken from a goat's gonads into the testicles of a human because... well... um... because somehow they thought that actually did something. Or, more accurately, the people giving them money actually thought it did something. A brief history of the fine doctor can be found here.

1 comment :

swac said...

Heck, it even resulted in a joke in a Buster Keaton film (Go West, I think) where a character winds up in a "goat gland clinic".