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

The Art of Travel #23

6 comments :

Jon Rob said...

Fly TWA...through the stargate

swac said...

Funny, eventually Disney did turn Times Square into something sorta like that.

justjack said...

Kinda reminds me of Mondrian's Broadway Boogie Woogie.

erik hogstrom said...

I love that view of Times Square!

isaiacom said...

For us European baby boomers this is the iconic image of America we love

Joanne said...

There is an underground cafe, called Revolutionary Soup, here in Charlottesville, Virginia that has this poster along with other airline posters of this era.