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

Joints #13


The Latin Quarter

6 comments :

swac said...

Great marquee, was it an old movie palace?

Tom Sutpen said...

It does look a little like an old motion pic palazzo, but in fact The Latin Quarter was one of New York's premiere nightclubs during the 40s and 50s.

SomeNYGuy said...

It was also little Barbara Walters' daycare center!

swac said...

I just thought it might have been an old movie palace turned into a nightclub, a not-uncommon occurance (especially as television was taking its hold).

Tommy O'C said...

You may be right. Lou Walters (Barbara Walters' father) opened the original Latin Quarter in what had been a Boston church. Then he opened other Latin Quarters in Miami and New York. Eventually, he went bankrupt and the family lost everything.

fille d'attila said...

En fait, le Latin Quarter s'était installé dans l'ancien Cotton Club qui avait déménagé en 1936. Quel dommage d'avoir démoli un lieu aussi mythique que le Cotton Club.