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

Aftermath: U.S.A. #6


Original Caption:

Bronx -- Mme. Chiang Kai-Shek, wife of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, and one of the outstanding women of China, joyfully looks over the victory headlines upon the surrender of Japan, at her home in Riverdale, where she is almost fully recovered from a recent illness. Mme. Chiang, who has fought for victory from the fields of China to the Halls of Congress, broadcast a message of Thanksgiving and appealed for true and lasting peace. She expects to return to China soon and join Generalissimo in the great task of facing post-war China. (1945)

2 comments :

Fred said...

"She expects to return to China soon and join Generalissimo in the great task of facing post-war China...and getting their butts kicked out of the country and into Taiwain by Chairman Mao."

baryogenesis said...

Tuchman's "Stilwell..in China" skews one's view about Little Peanut and the Mme.