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

This Sporting Life #30


Original Caption:

Archie Moore decorates the canvas face down after taking a left hook from Floyd Patterson in the 5th round of their heavyweight title bout. A moment later, at the 2:27 count of the round, Patterson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history by knocking out the aging Moore.

3 comments :

DungeonMaster20 said...

love this image.

Fred said...

I'm glad you posted this shot because it seems like history mostly remembers Patterson as the guy Ali beat on his way to his first Heavy Weight Championship, and not as a great young champion in his own right.

Greg said...

And look at him - taut, muscular, lean. He looks quite formidable, I must say.