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: Peace Through Understanding #5


Original Caption:

New York -- Members of the Russian Moisevev Ballet Company perform one of their vigorous numbers high above the New York World's Fair, during their visit to the New York State Tower. Vasili Savin tries a few steps on the railing, while Nina Mikhailova and Natolia Bobeova prefer to play it safe below him. The 110-member Moisyev Company returns to Moscow at the conclusion of the current engagement at Madison Square Garden. (1965)

1 comment :

Fred said...

Tom, I'd be busting on you for rubbing it in again that the one-year-old me was unable to see the New York State Tower in all its glory before it became a modern urban ruin (much too quickly before its time) because my folks thought I was too young to go to the Fair, but I won't because I'm so glad to see you back actively blogging again.