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

Old New York #29


Wall Street (1920)

7 comments :

R.H. said...

1929 was worse.

swac said...

Here's more on the story...

The facade of the J.P. Morgan building still bears the scars of the bomb blast.

swac said...

"The Washington Post referred to the bombing as an "act of war," though no one could be certain who the enemy was. The newspaper also wrote, "The bomb outrage in New York emphasizes the extent to which the alien scum from the cesspools and sewers of the Old World has polluted the clear spring of American democracy." Though the anarchists had not been proven responsible, the US government's ongoing anti-radical Palmer Raids were increased in intensity as a consequence of the bombing. Immigrants were aggressively targeted, especially Italians, Russians, and Jews. Thousands of citizens were detained in the name of national security, though most of them clearly had nothing to do with the Wall Street terror plot. Ultimately, the orgy of misguided justice resulted in the deportation of about 10,000 such "radicals.""

Gee, plus ça change...

ptb said...

this is the proto-car-bombing that lent a title to Mike Davis' "Buda's Wagon", recently published last year. Nice find! Were there any other pictures of the aftermath?

Tommy O'C said...

After Palmer went to prison, his right hand man--who knew how to hide his tracks--rose to prominence. J. Edgar somebody.

Tommy O'C said...

NYTimes Proquest has a bunch but newspaper photo reproduction was pretty poor in 1920.

These are photos of the remnants of the blast (from another source):

http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=wall+street+bomb&m=text

Iddhis Bing said...

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