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 Anarchism #4


Vanwall said...

Those lousy boojwassy types, they're fucked, we've got the Wicked Witch of the West on our side!


Tom Sutpen said...

I always sensed an anarchic dimension to The Wizard of Oz. Glad to see I'm not the only one.

Vanwall said...

TWOO had some of the ideas from the books, but heavily sugar-coated - the original Baum-written books were actually a little disturbing, and certainly an element of anarchism was there, mostly as a counterpoint to the good guys, but it kinda pervaded all of OZ somewhat. The movie's Flying Monkeys were feckin awesome, tho - they approached the original illustrations, which pre-date all this pseudo-late-Victorian anachronistic sci-fi stuff in the comics, 'cause, hey, they were the real stuff! I much prefer "Return to Oz" - disturbing for sure, and surreal as hell.


swac said...

Certainly Baum was some sort of proto-feminist. All the major protagonists were women: Dorothy, Ozma, the Wicked and Good Witches, Mombi, etc. while the men (the Wizard, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion) were rather bumbling and inept.

Even when there was revolution in Oz (don't ask me which book it was) it was by General Jin and her All-Girl Army.

Maybe a series of W.W. Denslow/John R. Neill artwork is in order...