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

The Art of Communism #8

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Social Revolutioner's Party. You find your right in the struggle. (1917)


Rob said...

We may have to resurrect these, if things keep going the way they are.


swac said...

I keep thinking the guy in the poster is saying, "Hey fellas, c'mere and let me show you my Charlie Chaplin impersonation!"

Jay Wood said...

The inscription on the Globe says "Land and Will".

Tom Sutpen said...

Thanks for the translations, Jay! I'm semi-tempted to send you future entries so I can provide the appropriate captions.

Are you the guy who was translating these on Sheila O'Malley's blog, by any chance?

Jay Wood said...

Yes, I am Sheila's commenter. Please do send me whatever you'd like. I can read Russian very well, I can muddle through other Slavics and Lithuanian (I lived in the USSR, in Lithuania for a year, Russia for a year). I also speak Chinese a bit, so I'll do my best with whatver you have. Can't do Korean, though.

My email is

The banner is hard to read here, and the script is the old-prerevolutionary one, but I think the translation is missing a word:

"Social Revolutionary Party"

"In the struggle you find the right to freedom."

I think the last word is not "svoi" or "yours", but "svob" - short for freedom.