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

Old New York #35


The Flatiron Building (1903)

6 comments :

Vanwall said...

Possibly the greatest building design, ever - a supremely elegant solution disguised as a simple block of offices.

swac said...

A friend of mine has an office in there (probably one of the smaller ones). Hopefully someday I'll get to visit it.

Guillaume Lanfray said...
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Guillaume Lanfray said...

I recall seeing a mini Flatiron Building in the Village, not far from Washington Square.

R.H. said...

1903. I'm surprised, I guessed it was at least ten years earlier: no automobiles.
Yes, and it's one heck of a building, a genuine landmark.

Mr DeBakey said...


This
is another flat iron building, the Gibson Block in Edmonton.
Much smaller.
It sat derelict for many years.
I remember it had a "Turkish Baths" sign above one door.