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

Old New York #7: March 25, 1911


la peregrina said...

Oh my God, the Triangle Shirt Factory fire. They say 146 people died in this fire because they were trapped in the building with no way out.

Because of this tragedy laws were passed in NY requiring all buildings to have exterior fire escapes, automatic sprinklers, fire alarms, and well-lit exit doors.

It always takes a certain number of deaths before safety laws are enacted.

SomeNYGuy said...

It always takes a certain number of deaths before safety laws are enacted.

I wonder when the American coal mining industry (and its government enablers) will decide that certain number has been reached.

la peregrina said...

About the same time they decide to stop subsidizing tobacco growers?

gigi said...

the triangle shirtwaist factory fire may be one of my biggest historical obsessions. thanks for the photos.