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

Woodcut Confidential! #3

Oban Triptych: Bijin asobi baien no kei
(Pleasure of Beauties: View of the Plum Garden)
Takekawa Unokichi; 1891)


Mazur said...

Hey, thanks for linking to us. Due to technical problems, our blog went completely untounched for almost a month (but now its all gravy). Because of this, we didn't link back to you until now. Sorry, because me meant to do it a long time ago.

Take it easy.

Peter L. Winkler said...

That's astonishingly beautiful.

Peter L. Winkler said...

Is there any way to get a bigger version of this as a JPEG? I'd love to use it as my screen background.

Thanks. You could e-mail a file attachment,