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

Action, Now! #9

Original Caption:

New York -- Part of the large crowd which participated in the protest demonstration in front of 7 St. Marks Place on the East Side where the landlord is seeking to oust the John Winters family, the only Negro family in the building, is shown here. David Zwerdling, the American Labor Party candidate for Assembly in the 4th A.D., Manhattan, is holding a banner bearing the legend: "We Want No Ghettoes in New York." Another sign declares, "We Demand Equal Rights for Negro Tenants." In front of Mr. Zwerdling is Miss Jean Brand, the organizer of the East Side Tenants Union, which is vigorously fighting Jim-Crowing in lower Manhattan. (1938)


R.H. said...

Extraordinary, for '38. But ghettos happen. Poor ghettos have cheap rent, shops, etc, an entire structure. Here in Melbourne they've been destroyed as middle class professionals move in, chasing out the battlers. Mind you, they're soft-hearted, these professionals: at the forefront of social justice. ha ha. You bet.

swac said...

Same thing going on everywhere. Here in Halifax pretty much every new condo has "Stop Gentrification" grafitti painted on it at one time or another.

Broom said...

I'm not sure that protesting the forced eviction on the basis of race is on a par with gentrification, or professionals buying housing in former ghettos.

Get a grip. This was a courageous stance.

R.H. said...

Get a grip yourself, it's the same thing. Black or white, once gentrification starts bums get evicted. But who'll protest? No one, because the protesting class are doing the rip-off themselves. Meanwhile dispossession is something they cry about a lot, these gentrifiers. Invasion is wrong they say, this country belongs to the aborigines. ha ha. What a joke. Liars. Hypocrites. Thieves.

The All-Seeing Eye, Jr. said...

Little could the residents of St. Mark's Place in 1938 imagine the hipster rule that was to descend upon their street a mere 25 years later and pass through every possible hipster permutation thereafter.

R.H. said...

It was indeed a courageous stance. I got diverted.