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 American Amusement #8

Wonderland Park Boardwalk
(Revere Beach, Mass.)


swac said...

This could almost qualify as a Great Moment in Moxie...can you spot the Moxie ad in this picture?

Tom Sutpen said...

Are you kidding? I can't even spot Revere Beach in that picture.

Talk about lost epochs! I was born just in time to see the ruins of its Amusement Park, before the MDC hauled it all away. It was rapidly replaced by cheap lounges and biker bars (which were not without their charm, I should say).

Haven't been down there in years, so I've no idea what it's like now

Brent McKee said...

I love pictures of these old amusement parks, full of attractions made to look exotic and about as substantial as a Hollywood back lot and rides that would never be built today because a customer might get hurt and sue. For me one of the great attraction of Harold Lloyd's Speedy is the chance to see Coney Island not at it's height but at a fairly early point in it's decline and wonder what it must have been like to be there.

swac said...

I love Speedy for those scenes as well, and doesn't IT (Clara Bow, not the outer space monster) have amusement park scenes as well?

I've been listening to a disc full of mp3s of Bob and Ray in their late '40s Boston (WBCN, I think) period, and every show has a great ad for the dog track at Wonderland, Revere, which they of course make fun of. That and the Casino at Magnolia.

swac said...

BTW...the Moxie bottle sign is just to the left of the big sign that says FIRE...