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

Norman Rockwell Saved from Drowning #1


Forgotten Facts About Washington (1932)

9 comments :

Christopher said...

Martha's eyes say it all....That is martha..isn't it?

Christine Vyrnon said...

Rockwell liked to slip in the power of sensual suggestion.

estiv said...

That semi-aroused sword lifting the cloth of the cape is a nice touch.

Vanwall said...

Love the title of the series - Brilliant!

Jessica R. said...

That's a startlingly beautiful image. I keep returning to it, not exactly sure why.

Feta said...

I like how the 18th century woman has distinctive 1930s eyebrows and makeup.

Christopher said...
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Christopher said...

its a nice pic..I'm not saying anything bad about it! :o/..You go Geo!

Samurai1833 said...

Everything will be alright.