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

Scenes from The Wild West #12

(allegedly) Crazy Horse, 1877.


Frank Black said...

It's not. This is probably at least ten years after his murder, maybe more.

Niall Mac a'Ghobhainn said...

Crazy Horse died Sept 5 or 6, 1877; the date is uncertain because of some confusion whether he died before or after midnight. There will never be a definitive account, but Thomas Power's The Killing of Crazy Horse (2010) is an excellent examination of the various stories.

One thing that is certain is that Crazy Horse refused to be photographed. Yet this picture shows up all the time. As Frank says, this photo is generally held to have been taken long after his death; it never saw the light of day until it was published in 1956.