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? #14

R.I.P. Sol Yurick, author of the book that inspired the film The Warriors (1979)

1 comment :

Andrew Nette said...


My name is Andrew Nette. I am a writer and reviewer based in Melbourne, Australia. I check in with you site every now and again but missed this post.

I was wondering, when was this edition of Yurick's The Warriors published and who by? Do you own the edition?

I ask because I am currently putting together a history of pulp fiction and youth culture to be published in late 2015. The book is a mixture of covers, reviews of key texts, thematic articles and interviews.

One of the books we are reviewing is The Warriors. The only cover I have been able to find is the 1979 movie tie in by a UK publisher called Star books. I have been trying to hunt down a decent scan of one of the earlier editions but without luck.

If you own it, I was wondering whether I might be able to get a scan of it?

My e-mail is and I'd love to hear from you.