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 the WPA #13
The Art of the Stage #3

(Federal Theatre; 1939)


Vanwall said...

Awesome poster!

swac said...

I have a fondness for this one, since I was in a production of this in high school, which I should point out wasn't in the 1930s.

I'm surprised they didn't change the title of that film version of I, Robot to RUR since it had more in come with Capek than Asimov.

Vanwall said...

Are you talking about that recent abomination? The title was used, and nothing else, kinda like "Bladerunner" - neither bore any resemblance to the books.

Otis Foster said...

Great image. Thanks for offering this.