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

Artists in Action #6

1 comment :

Sister Ray said...

chaplin is on doug fairbanks, sr. for a WWI bond rally. there's another angle on this from the west side and much closer. it is on the portico of the south side of federal hall in nyc's financial district, kittycornered to the stock exchange.

that being said--

i still get a thrill every time i pass this spot, thinking of the tramp and the swashbuckler doing their bit for democracy. egad. how have we sunken so low where the rainbow has become only blue state/red state?