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 Fair: A Century of Progress #2


Original Caption:

Chicago -- A view of the Hall of Pure Science, in the science building at the World Fair in Chicago. In the center are professor Piccard's sratosphere Gondola and Dr. William Beebe's Bathyspdhere, with which they traveled the greatest distance above the earth and below the sea, respectively, that man has ever attained. On the walls are painted statements of the world's greatest scientists. (1933)

1 comment :

Fred said...

The Hall of Pure Science sounds like the name of an exhibit at a fair in Nuremberg circa 1938.