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 #10


Vanwall said...

Say, isn't that the ubiquitous Lei Feng up front? He gets around, that's for sure. ;-)


Jay Wood said...

The placard under Mao reads:

"The People's Liberation Army must support the Leftist masses. - Mao Ze Dong"

The books, of course, say "The sayings of Chariman Mao"

The lower inscription reads:

"The Army and the People must unite as one to watch the land for enemies."

This one is the one most like "1984" to me, because everyone is all smiles about rooting out alleged traitors ande destroying every intellectual achievement of China over the previous century. This is prime Cultural Revolution stuff, I would guesstimate sometime between 1966 and 1969.

Also, the Communists all but destroyed the ancient Hanji writing system by making simplified characters. Many of these simplifed characters look identical to simplifications of other, unrelated characters, causing much confusion among semi-literates, and even among educated people over there.

All the characters in this poster are simplified ones except for three - "Mao Ze Dong".