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 Art of Travel #21

6 comments :

Sam said...

This is an amazing ad. I remember that Pan Am had those incredible posters in the airports of all the places they flew to. I remember seeing some that were painted and others were photographed like this one. I wish I could get this one as a poster for my living room.

Clifford said...

Sam, if you are in New York, check out MOMA. They have in their contemporary wing, a series of Pan Am advertisements from 1972 designed by Ivan Chermayeff and Thomas Geismar

Hans Gruber said...

"James Bond in... JAPAN".

Vanwall said...

The Time Tunnel Clipper

Tommy O'C said...

It is Time Tunnel-esque. Which pre-dated the other?

Tommy O'C said...

Okay, 1972. So the show was off the air by then. But maybe not out of mind.