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 #2


New York (1967)

5 comments :

Flynn D said...

An era when cars were easily identifiable even when crushed and broken. Let's see... there's a couple of Buicks, a Chev, a Plymouth convertible, a Caddy, perhaps a Pontiac Tempest... a Valiant(?) in the back...

Vanwall said...

I loved those Tempests - not the usual GM product.

Murdercycles said...

the poor 58 Cadillac, dead at 9 years old.

Mike said...

Yes, cars last a lot longer now. The ones pictured here don't appear to have any major crash damage, so I'd assume their engines or transmissions must have died.

pmc said...

I have a 63 Tempest ragtop in great condition.met Blue white top.aint many left.