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

Nuns Gone Wild #12


Original Caption:

Anaheim -- Catholic School Day at Disneyland and Sisters Mary William and Mary Alfred take the first elephant as Sisters Mary Yvonne and Mary Joachin follow close behind as they join the children in a ride on "Dumbo" the flying elephant at Disneyland. (1962)

5 comments :

Marshall P. Smith said...

New meaning to the term: 'The Flying Nun'!


I'm sorry but I knew someonen had to say it.

Vanwall said...

Goth Day, anyone?

Nasrudin said...

I wonder if this is the Sister Mary Joachim who, as Dorothy Stang, was murdered in Brazil...
http://www.blogtcs.com/2009/02/12/remembering-sr-dorothy-stang-sndden/

Tom Sutpen said...

Damn.

You may be right about that; matter of fact, I'd be willing to bet you are. I saw a doco about her (They Killed Sister Dorothy) not too long before posting this, and any possible connection just flew past me. Thanks!

swac said...

Weird, I was just in the Smithsonian on Saturday, and they had a fibreglass Dumbo on display, but it was one of the newer ones; the older ones pictured here had flapping ears, while the new ones don't. Way to take the fun out of it, Disney...