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 City: Oakland #1


Original Caption:

One-Man Sub Plays with Fish.

Oakland -- A one-man submarine, which tests gas, carried its inventor, James Bolar of Oakland 15 feet below the surface of Oakland Estuary is the newest in towed playthings. Its just like a glider, except that its different. A plane tows a glider aloft. A motorboat tows the submarine, an Bolar, laying flat in the diver, with his head looking out thru the conning tower, operates levers to keep his craft cavorting below the surface. "I got the idea while laid up with a broken leg in Honolulu Hospital", he says. The craft is ten feet long. (1933)

4 comments :

Tommy O'C said...

But they don't need subs to smuggle weed across the Bay, anymore.

Christopher said...

considerd a major threat to nazi U boats

michaelE said...

Apparently there is, or was, some there, there...

Steve_W said...

That looks dangerous as hell! Original source here: http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2007/10/19/inventor-gets-thrill-in-homemade-submarine/ (Popular Science, June 1933, via Modern Mechanix website)