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

Aftermath: Japan #2

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Uenohara -- These Japanese youngsters line up behind a barricade and fire away at the badmen. The course of history has done away with the American "Redskin" as the "bad man" and substituted a Red of the Communist tribe for the target of these Japanese cowboys. The outfits are the gift of the Kiwanis Club of Woburn, Mass., which heard of the love for the American West that the Japanese kiddies inherited from movies and G.I.'s. (1953)

2 comments :

swac said...

I bet those outfits cost a fistful of dollars.

Mabeuf said...

Ouch...