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 Civil War: Dramatis Personae #4


Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman

6 comments :

nik said...

This man looks like he's intending on marching across the South and burning Atlanta to the ground.

swac said...

Where's Ross McElwee when you need him?

Brent McKee said...

This man looks like he's got a Napoleon fixation - or the photographer did.

Vanwall said...

The Nappy look was popular in military shots back then - I've seen a few privates and sergeants with it.
Go figure.

midnitelamp said...

cameras took long exposures then,and you had to be still.

no doubt some jocularity was involved in the hand in the vest/coat thing,but mainly comfort waiting on the photog.

harkin said...

One of the great men of the 19th century. Great photo.