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

American Dry Spell #15

Aboard the USS Seneca, Prohibition agents stare in wonderment at case after case of seized contraband Scotch (1924)


Celsius1414 said...

Gee I wonder how many of those cases "disappeared" before destruction. :)

Christopher said...

so much hooch,so little time..We better get started boys,before NESS gets here!

swac said...

Whiskey galore!

phil said...

'Whiskey galore!'

First thing I thought of.
One of my fav movies.

Brent McKee said...

Not the USS Seneca but the Coast Guard Cutter Seneca (USS is a Navy designation) built in 1908.