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 #4


Original Caption:

Emperor's Brother Visits Jap Repatriates.

Tokyo -- Sitting cross-legged on a cushion, Prince Takamatsu, brother of Emperor Hirohito, chats with some of the several hundred Japanese who were recently repatriated to Japan from Manchuria, Mukden, Korea, and many parts of China to which the Japanese Empire had spread before US armed forces pricked the imperial bubble. Seated across from the prince, a Japanese mother nurses her infant baby unselfconsciously. The youngster is not impressed by the presence of royalty. (1947)

3 comments :

Z said...

This is a general comment... I love what you guys do and get infinite joy out of visiting the site. Thanks!
a little bummed about the loss of Anthony Mann as auteur overseer however!

Tom Sutpen said...

Thank you, Z. I reluctantly had to discontinue the 'auteur' feature. People were using one error I made with it to mount a more general condemnation of this blog. I don't need that kind of hassle these days.

Z said...

understandable. Well huzzah on the blog. it always brightens my day.