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: Philadelphia #1


Philadelphia -- Merle Africa, the first member of the radical back-to-nature group MOVE, surrenders to police in Philadelphia, after the city and MOVE reached an agreement on ending the blockade of MOVE headquarters. With her is MOVE attorney Oscar Gaskins and Walter Palmer, a member of the city-wide Black Community Coalition. MOVE members in the background watch them leave. (1978)

1 comment :

Fred said...

I still remember watching the Philly PD drop a bomb on MOVE headquarters on the tv news. It is amazing how scripted and pre-packaged television "news" has become since those days. These days, I doubt an urban police department would drop anything on live television without first test marketing it before a focus group.