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

When Legends Gather #626

Groucho Marx and Kenneth Tynan


estiv said...

Is there one of Groucho and T.S. Eliot?

Welcome back, Tom -- hope things are okay.

Tom Sutpen said...

More than okay. I never announced it here, but back in January I got married, and that's tended to eat up time that I would ordinarily have spent in such pursuits as, say, hunting through the web for images; that couple of hours, here and there, which by default would be used in service to this here blog.

I've no intention of abandoning Gunslinger at all (though I'll warrant that it looks that way lately); I simply have to work out an alternate system to gathering/scheduling/posting.

Any suggestions along those lines are more than welcome.

In the meantime, thanks for asking.

Tom Sutpen said...

Almost forgot . . .

I've actually tried to look for a photo of (Julius) Marx and Eliot, thinking that since they were friends one image of them would be extant. I found nothing . . . which, of course (this is what I always tell myself when these searches prove fruitless; keeps me spirits up) doesn't mean one won't surface in the future.

As a not-so-great Singer (and Men's Room misadventurer) once said: Gotta have faith.

MadHatter said...

Belated Congratulations, Tom. Your great site is a regular stop for me and I , too, thought the Rapture would hit it soon , but the truth is Life is definitely more of a priority than anything on the internet. Great to have you back , old man !

Fred said...

(Belated) Congrats to you and Mrs. Gunslinger on your nuptials. May you both enjoy a lifetime of wedded bliss.

As for the picture, it looks like Groucho is enjoying his cigar more than Ken is with his Marlboro.

Christopher said...

congratulations Tom!! :o)