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

Abandoned Places #13

The Ludlow Cafe
(Ludlow, California)


Christopher said...

Duke Mantee ate here!

Marshall P. Smith said...

I don't know about Duke but I did eat there years ago. Its off I-40 between Needles and Barstow California.

Christopher said...

was it route 66 then?..

Marshall P. Smith said...

I was on I-40 at the time but this part runs parallel to US 66 which the cafe faces.

(I-40 is behind the building.)

There is still a cafe open in Ludlow with a couple gas stations. The one on/off ramp is about two or three city blocks west of this building.

Tommy O'C said...

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