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 #13


Original Caption:

New York -- This is a view of the city room at the New York Herald Tribune, as a strike of the photo engravers union went on through its fifth day. The strike began when about 400 photo engravers, who make the engravings which reproduce photos and advertising illustrations, walked out of three morning and three afternoon papers on December 28th. The Herald Tribune, suspended publication voluntarily the night of December 30th, becoming the seventh to halt. The Herald Tribune staff reports as usual, ready to "roll the presses" as soon as the strike ends. Publishers and union negotiators recessed their joint session on December 2nd with no settlement in sight and a meeting slated for the next day. (1953)

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