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

Norman Rockwell Saved from Drowning #5


The Marriage License (1955)

6 comments :

Christopher said...

hey!..that young ladys a Pip!..I'm not sure if I approve of such a lovely delicate creature in a dark place with that fella!
I've never been this disturbed by a Norman Rockwell before!!=:o/

Marshall P. Smith said...

Sure, it looks "sweet" now but just wait . . .

RE: Fatal AttractionThe dark side of Norman Rockwell's universe.

wayne berry said...

i just keep thinking of the victory in Iowa. i hear they finally amended the marriage licenses. one can pick to be bride, husband or spouse!

justjack said...

She's a pip, all right. It's being up on her tippytoes that gets me. Yikes!

It's like a Vermeer.

Christopher said...

I reckon that old Crotch sitting at the desk is gonna lean over a spit in the spitoon as soon as the couple jot the last Iota...(spit-bing!)"n'aaall righty!"

Tommy O'C said...

Finally, the seamy underbelly of Rockwell's America exposed!