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

Weekend #14

9 comments :

Sock MonKey 1 said...

I wouldn't have thought that image would be so evocative.

mister muleboy said...

Having stood there (in the now-museum), I was shocked at house close the motorcade was.

How much more believable the shots were. . . .

mister muleboy said...

. . . how close. . .

John said...

The closeness of things applies to the whole Dealey Plaza setting. Having grown up with the iconic photos and 8 mm home movies of the assassination, I had developed a second-hand sense of the size of the geographical space within which those horrible events took place. But when I was actually in Dallas many years later, I was quite surpried at how small the actual dimensions of the real place are. How small the plaza is, how narrow the streets are, how close the overpass and the "grassy knoll" are, and, most chillingly, how close the Texas School Book Depository Building is to the street. I'm no shooter, but it didn't appear to me that LHO needed to be the greatest shot in the world. The President's car was right there below him.

estiv said...

The fact that it's so ordinary is somehow striking, sort of like Hannah Arendt's "banality of evil."

james28if said...

Oswald didn't shoot anybody and expert marksmen couldn't duplicate those shots with that cheap bolt action rifle. Get real.

John said...

OK, james28if, if you say so. And the moon landing was done in a TV studio, right?

Steve Thoman said...

It was as real as a full-metal jacket entering the President's skull at the rear and exiting from the right front. All these conspiracy theorist have been howling at the moon for more than 50 years. Why? It has been noted that a large portion of the population cannot accept the fact that a "no-name" loser like LHO could bring down Camelot. It happened. Move forward.

Steve Thoman said...

It was as real as a full-metal jacket could be; the 3rd shot entered the back of his skull and exiting out the right, front portion of the same. Too terrible to take-in I suspect. Hence all the "conspiracy theories." How could a "no-count, miserable, little vermon like LHO take down Camelot." Well, he did. And I want to go back in time and strangle that little piece-of-sh*t before 12:30 Central Standard Time on Friday, Nov. 22nd, 1963.