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

But Did You Read the Book? #5

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The Cross and the Switchblade adapted for the screen in 1970 (see the full movie here)

7 comments :

Dwight said...

Ha! My parents left this around the house when I was growing up and of course I read it (I read everything). For a long time it was my mental picture of life in the big city.

swac said...

I read the comic book!

http://www.christianknightcomics.com/downloads-spire-comics-the-cross-and-the-switchblade-pastor-david-wilkerson-1972.htm

Jonathan Walker said...

I have read this book too. It was still very popular among evangelical circles in the 80s.

Howdy said...

This was a mandatory read in the Repent Ye Misguided Young Sinners Bible Class at my Southern Baptists Church. Made you appreciate reading the book of Lamentations.

Ryan Sarnowski said...

I did not know there was a comic book and ad I known I would have guessed it would look more like Jack Chick than Archie.

swac said...

The Spire comics aren't nearly as extreme as Jack Chick, but it is a bit weird to have Archie and his gang shilling for the Lord. No different than having D.C. superheroes fighting evil for the reward of Hostess baked goods, I suppose.

Johnny said...

Read it....its what forced me into a life of crime.