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 Golden Age of Publicity #19


Original Caption:

New York -- Gen. Billy Mitchell is honored as Gary Cooper, star of Warner Bros. 'The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell', and Charles B. Moss, executive director of the Criterion Theatre where the picture is now playing, officially change Times Square to "Billy Mitchell Square" in ceremonies that took place at 1 PM today at Broadway and 44th Street. The valiant proponent of air power was born 76 years ago today, December 29, 1879. (1955)

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