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

Faces of Science #40


Zoologist Dian Fossey.

5 comments :

Timmy said...

Was she the one murdered by poachers? Or that other lady?

Greg said...

She was, in fact, killed by poachers. Also killed by poachers was Joy Adamson, author of Born Free. It was initially reported in the press that she was killed by a lion (which everyone latched onto revelling in the irony) but it turned out to be cold-blooded murder by poachers. Nine years later, her husband, George Adamson, was killed by poachers too.

Chip Hilton said...

a nitpicking correction: the spelling is Dian.

Greg said...

Not nitpicking at all, thanks for catching that!

Fred said...

Funny, she doesn't look a bit like Sigourney Weaver.