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: Reno #2

Original Caption:

At Air Force "Escape And Survival" School

Reno -- The controversial "Escape And Survival" School operated by the U. S. Air Force at Stead Air Force Base near Reno, was opened to the press yesterday, and here is one of the realistic tableaux observed. The men with their hands on their heads are "prisoners" being herded by "enemy" captors into a compound under the menacing guns of a tank. The school teaches air Force men in a 17 day course how to take care of themselves if captured, ways and means of escape and methods of survival in enemy-held territory. It also teaches how to resist "brainwashing" techniques of their captors. (1955)

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