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 New Yorkers #3

Robert Moses


Brent McKee said...

The most hated man in Brooklyn certainly. Destroyer of Coney Island (he didn't like the "tawdry" amusement parks and replaced them with low income housing) and, if you ever listened to Walter O'Malley, the man who forced the Dodgers to leave Brooklyn and move to Los Angeles. (O'Malley claimed that when he wanted to replace Ebbetts Field the only sites Moses was prepared to make it viable for him to use were so inaccessible and unattractive to patrons of the game - not to mention outside of Brooklyn and owned by the city which were anathema to O'Malley that he "had" to move to California.)

Vanwall said...

The shining example of the know-it-all screw-up; fucked big cities up in ways we have yet to know.