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 City: Houston #3
An Illustrated History of Vice #11


Original Caption:

Rangers Wreck Texas Night Club.

Houston -- The above photo shows the interior of The Playhouse, an ornate night club of Houston, Texas, after Texas Rangers wielded axes during the state-wide drive on gambling. In this club, equipment valued at $15,000 was destroyed, three alleged operators were arrested, and eighty men and women were to be called as witnesses. (1935)

1 comment :

swac said...

Looks like they may have destroyed some vintage pinballs...oh the humanity!