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

Aftermath: U.S.A. #10


Original Caption:

Washington -- National Service Life Insurance is to be paid to some 16,000,000 present and former policy holders. Hundreds of employees work staggered shifts to produce and process millions of punched cards from which later will be computed the amount of dividend to which each veteran is entitled. This special dividend will amount to $2,800,000,000. (1949)

4 comments :

Fred said...

Don't get too excited. That comes out to just $175 per veteran. Of course, that's in 1949 dollars.

Marshall P. Smith said...

The early days of computing . . .

Vanwall said...

A sorta segregated "The Crowd" scene.

Tony said...

I bet it would've shocked some of those 1949 era veterans to know a nice black lady in an office in D.C. or Virginia was processing his dough.