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

Twilight of the Dreamboats #1

Chicago, IL (1955)


Joanne said...

Thanks to the years of diligent research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and forced tougher government standards for car safety including side air bags, stronger auto structural support, and many other safety features,this crash would be survivable today.

Tommy O'C said...

A car sandwiched between an eighteen-wheeler and a steel pillar that is still ramrod-straight? Even today, that's a very deadly scenario. Reasonover & Olinde, New Orleans truck accident attorneys: "When an 18-wheeler rams into a car, the driver and any passengers will nearly always be seriously or fatally injured." More victims will survive such a crash today than years past but it's by no means a certainty.

Joanne said...

In today's world the post might be made of break away metal (if hit), but more importantly, if you look closely at this photo, the car was hit behind the driver's door, which is why I said that in today's world, this crash would have been survivable

Joanne said...

"behind the driver's door"

change to: "in front of the driver's door"