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 #11


The Space Wheel at Palisades Amusement Park
(Palisades, NJ; 1962)

7 comments :

H. P. L. said...

Amazing photo!

SomeNYGuy said...

Don't think I ever rode that one -- looks like a vomit-inducer! Let's all sing the jingle:

"Palisades has the rides,
Palisades has the fun...
Come on over!"

Lex10 said...

My Dad once tricked me into going. It was awesome. He let the neighbor kid (who was supposedly "helping out" with the bogus loading we were supposed to do) win a pack of nudie playing cards from a crane machine. I rode the wild mouse and saw my life flash before my eyes as I envisioned myself hurtling into the urban empty lot trash each turn looked down upon. Whoa. Dad. The neighbor kid is today a public spaces gardener of great renown. His father committed suicide, killing the family dog in the process.

swac said...

The wild mouse...it looks safe and slow from the ground, but oh man...

Maria Belen said...

Can I post it on my flickr? :) I like it so much I want to see it every day.

Tom Sutpen said...

Go right ahead.

Karen said...

Is it possible to get a print of this photo? It would be the perfect gift for friend whoe grew up going to PAP!