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

An Illustrated History of American Labor #9


Original Caption:

Detroit -- This display of Red Literature including the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx, a target pellet gun and Yugoslavian passport issued to James Petroff, address unknown, were alleged to have been found in a car Petroff was driving while said by police to have been trailing in the Strikebound Square D Electrical Equipment Company. Four other men riding with Petroff were also arrested and held for questioning as the strike entered its 100th day. The strikers were members of the Independent Electrical Workers Union, which was ousted from the CIO five years prior on charges of Communist domination. (1954)

1 comment :

Vanwall said...

Agents provocateurs caught by other agents provocateurs, no doubt.