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 the London Underground #14

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Wedding by Betty Swanwik; 1938


Tom Sutpen said...

Um . . . do I detect a theme with this and today's 'P is for Pulp' entry?

Anna said...

What a great painting! There are three moods: sombre in the background, light and happy in the middle ground and sinister and dangerous in the foreground. Really cool find!

Vanwall said...

I agree, anna, this is one of the best of series. Marvelous!

Richard Gibson said...

Tom ~ coincidence, honestly.

Anna & Rob ~ thanks.