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 #89

Cartoonists Frank King (Gasoline Alley) and Sidney Smith (The Gumps) at work at The Chicago Tribune in 1916.


Vanwall said...

Both strips the epitome of mediocrity - "Gasoline Alley" was groundbreaking as its characters aged in actual present timeline, but wasted the novelty with insipid storylines. The less said about "The Gumps" the better; suffice it say the ephemeral top-strips were always better by a long shot.


John said...

Gasoline Alley was a unique saga. The humor was gentle and the strip was a great one. The cartoon went from the limited millieu of car jockeys to the world of Walt and Skeezix.