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 Art of War #56

6 comments :

Maureen said...

Kinda gorgeous actually, who painted it?

earlierwork said...

What a really staggering piece of work this is. The figure has just the right amount of intensity, like he'll get the job done no matter what but he could use your help. Just the hint of blood, but is it drying or about to seep through even more?

It makes me want to go buy a war bond right now to support our boys in Europe. Another great find Tom.

Christopher said...

the character image looks almost too contemporary...if it weren't for that Frankenstein meets the Wolfman sky and tree!...
Buy War Bonds!..This Theatre!

hiflyer said...

Could be part of a cover for a contemporary video game...

Vanwall said...

Looks like it might be something by Tom Lea, a noted combat artist who was responsible for the "The Thousand Yard Stare".

John said...

Michael J. Fox