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 City: Miami #1

Original Caption:

Spectators watch the 'World's Largest Santa,' 65 feet in height, and a 70-foot Christmas tree during the formal lighting ceremony in Miami on the night of Thanksgiving Day. Sychronized to music, the display is lighted by more than a mile of multi-colored neon tubes. The tribute to the forthcoming Holiday, erected on the pedestrian bridge over Miami Avenue, was witnessed by a crowd estimated at 10,000 (1950)


Kingo Gondo said...

As a native South Floridian, thanks!

krylonultraflat said...


I miss Burdines.

Tom said...

Downtown Burdines is now a Macy's store. The top floors of the building on the left in the photo have been leased to Florida International University for a downtown campus. My son is attending there in a Master's program. The ground floor of the building on the right (which has been vacant for several years) was recently subleased to some young developers who hope to open a group of restaurants, stores and galleries. Flagler Street is on the verge of renaissance.

Thanks for these great memories