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 Native-Americana of Edward S. Curtis #2


Navajo Chief (1904)

2 comments :

Jay River said...

THE INDIAN PICTURE OPERA, is a film about Edward S. Curtis that you need to see.

It goes beyond the actual images. Search Amazon.com for the DVD.

It is awesome to anyone who appreciates the works of Curtis.

Highly recommended!

Tom Sutpen said...

I understand you want to promote this film . . . and for all I know it's everything you say it is (in fact, I'm sure it is) . . . but I would only ask that you not leave what are essentially promotional comments on every post in this series.

I honestly don't mean to be a hard-on about this, and I apologize to you if I seem so, but I'd like this blog to have as little commercial content as possible (this is why you'll very rarely see anything on this blog linking to a specific product, however worthy or on-topic).

Anyway, if you were to leave these comments on every other post in the series, I can certainly live with that.

Thanks.