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

No Sleep Till Brooklyn #1


Original Caption:

Brooklyn -- A Stop sign is dwarfed by the tail section of a wrecked United Airlines DC-8 Jet that crashed into a residential section of Brooklyn following a mid-air collision. The second aircraft, a Trans-World Airlines Super Constellation, fell to earth in a field in Staten Island. At least 131 persons died in the disaster, the worst in the history of aviation. (1960)

9 comments :

swac said...

Heh...I'm flying United into New York on Saturday. Thanks a lot, Tom!

Miguel said...

It crashed into the Pillar of Fire Church and destroyed it forever

Timmy said...

It's a bird!
It's a plane!
Nope, yep, it's a plane...

atomicbird said...

Almost 50 years later the crash site is still a large vacant lot. I lived a few blocks away in the 1970s and one day my mom stopped us in front of it and told me a little about it. I found it hard to imagine and eventually convinced myself that I had misunderstood somehow.

Geoff said...

if you look at the street view it looks like they recently put up some condos...

Christopher said...

thats very disturbing! :o(
Before 9/11!!..Before Cloverfield!!!

atomicbird said...

Thanks Geoff, I hadn't noticed the street view. They look VERY new, not even finished. I wonder what finally changed to allow that space to be developed?

Tommy O'C said...

Ugly. And it's all yuppiefied condos/high-priced townhouses now. Even the ghosts can't afford to live there. (I exaggerate but not by much.)

Phil DiGiacomo said...

Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Lived there in 1981 and wondered about the vacant lot until I saw a dusty B&W photo of the crash in a shoe repair shop window.