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

Life During Wartime #3


Original Caption:

London -- A milkman makes his normal rounds through piles of rubble after an air raid. (1940)

15 comments :

Trader said...

So British... ;)

calanan said...

What a great photo, do you know who the photographer was?

swac said...

Heh...kind of looks a bit like Lupino Lane.

pinstripebindi said...

Keep Calm & Carry On!

Stacia said...

Off topic: Thanks for the Blog of the Month nod.

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

We gotta black up the windows and nail up the doors & keep right on till the end of the war

swac said...

Why, 'cause Mr. Churchill said?

Tommy O'C said...

With most of the able-bodied blokes off to war, rationing in effect, and housewives desperate for--relief--
the milkman must have been popular with the birds.

Fred said...

Neither wind nor rain nor snow nor sleet nor dark of night nor buzz bombs nor stukas...

So what's my postman's excuse for the crappy mail delivery at my office?

Trader said...

Now I understand how important the milkman must have been during the war time... Not such a bad job after all...

swac said...

This must be the photo that inspired Billy Bragg's The Milkman of Human Kindness.

Rhys said...

'Mr. Churchill Says' is a masterpiece: a dizzying gruel of pride and fear combined with Ray's parody voice and obvious distaste of the "our Empire" and "finest hour" propaganda. It's so much complexity (and dig those modal riffs at the end!).

skinnyGLASSESgirl said...

That is an amazing photo

Kreisler said...

I feel bad pointing this out but this photo was faked up by the photographer; he got his assistant to dress up as a milkman. So....English

Trader said...

Makes me think of a Robert Capra's famous photograph about the Spanish Civil war. It was said it was a planified...

http://www.rjgeib.com/thoughts/heming/espana.jpg

Who knows...