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

Adventures in the National Pastime #10

Original Caption:

Carl Erskine Tearing Down Ebbets Field

Brooklyn -- Former Dodger pitcher Carl Erskine pretends he's back on the mound, using a one ton demolition ball to pitch with, at Ebbets Field, February 23. The iron demolition ball, painted with stitching like a regulation horsehide, was used to start tearing down the ballfield, where the Brooklyn Dodgers played for 43 years. Erskine, who pitched two no hitters at the park, was among several former Dodger greats on hand for the sad ceremonies. Ebbets Field soon will be the site of a huge middle income housing project. (1960)


Campaspe said...

Oh god. As a Brooklynite that one hurts, bad.

swac said...

A friend of mine grew up in that housing project...I think she might have even gone to an elementary school named after Jackie Robinson that was also build in that neighbourhood.