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

P is for Pulp #61


Everybody Slept Here
(by Elliott Arnold)
(Signet Books 1949)

4 comments :

swac said...

Weird, I just watched Jack Benny's George Washington Slept Here on Sunday. I bet this'd be just as entertaining.

mister muleboy said...

Now I can only picture Martha Washington in that outfit. . . .

Mythical Monkey said...

And you buy it and it turns out to be an apartment guide. I still say $1000 is too much for a one-room efficiency ...

a-natural-man said...

Is that room 608 or 809, and isn't that Colonel Hogan with the blonde?