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 #2


Original Caption:

Socialist Nominee Speaks in Philadelphia

Philadelphia -- Surrounded by thousands of well-wishers, Norman Thomas, Socialist candidate for the Presidency, is seen here after speaking in Reyburn Plaza, following a refusal by authorities to allow him to speak in City Hall. Scores of police stood by during the address, but no interference was made (1932)

1 comment :

R.H. said...

What? A socialist candidate for Presidency? In America? Nonsense!
Okay, so who's next president of Cuba, John McCain?

Wake up!

And listen, that's Ike there in the middle. Okay? (So tired of having to correct you.)