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 Life and Times of the American Motel #8


Lamplighter Motel (Las Vegas, NV)

5 comments :

thombeau said...

I love it!

Geoff said...

humankind's crowning architectural achievement

Christopher said...

we'll start here..then work our way up to The Flamingo..

Tommy O'C said...

Ring-a-ding-ding!

Mr DeBakey said...

The Lamplighter in Vegas is a big old-fashioned motor court.

This Lamplighter is [was] in Reno.

Its now called Lakemill Lodge:

"Sunday's sweep of the Lakemill Lodge near downtown followed two recent killings at the low-budget motel that police say has become a haven from criminals and drug users.

A few weeks ago, a 30-year-old man was killed in the parking garage of the lodge because, police said, he confronted his drug dealer about being sold fake drugs.

In November, a convicted felon riding his bike was shot and killed outside the motel.

And in October, another convicted felon was arrested in one of the motel's rooms after police said he fatally bludgeoned and robbed a substitute teacher, then robbed and beat a man at an adult bookstore so he could buy crack cocaine.

Police said calls to the Lakemill Lodge have exceeded 100 per month."