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 #165


John Steinbeck rides a Ferris Wheel

3 comments :

Nick Zegarac said...

Taken on the set of East of Eden, no doubt. What a great shot.

Testify said...

I'm glad you said that Nick because I thought that it looked like the same as the ferris wheel as the one used in East of Eden and was about to make a similar comment (only framed as a query).

Marianne said...

This photograph reminds me so much of Carnivale--the HBO show that got me to be a Steinbeck fan. What a fantastic photograph!