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 Golden Age of Publicity #6

From the original caption:

"If the Brooklyn Dodgers ever make that shift to Los Angeles, the Dodger's
famed catcher Roy Campanella had better look to his laurels. He may have
competition in 'Robby,' Hollywood's mechanical man, who is serving as
battery mate for young Richard Eyer, ardent little leaguer, here. The pair,
incidentally are also co-players in MGM's forthcoming science-fiction
movie, The Invisible Boy." (1957)


shahn said...


Tom Sutpen said...

I think they were hoping Sports editors would pick this up.

But if you take one look at the robot, you just know that even if he knocked a homer it would take all afternoon for him to make it down the basepath to first (forget about home plate).

Brent McKee said...

And the robot isn't Richard Eyer's battery mate - the term refers to a combination of pitcher and catcher. Roy Campenella and Sandy Koufax were battery mates.

Tom Sutpen said...

Good point . . . but who said Hollywood PR guys were scrupulous about facts