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

Old New York #39


The Plaza Hotel (1955)

10 comments :

Marshall-Stacks said...

Eloise !!

squajo said...

I used to have martinis there every afternoon in the 60's and 70's.

Trader said...

Fabulous!

Christopher said...

gimme a room with a Ghost...

Fred said...

I will always love the Plaza for the simple reason that it makes one of the best pit-stops if you are stuck in that part of the City and need to take a leak. Very clean bathrooms.

Marshall-Stacks said...

Fred (above) re Plaza Pitstops - years ago Graydon Carter's SPY magazine published a map of all the best NYC restrooms, (Princeton Club etc) so the needy could stride right into wherever confidently in the right direction.
I stayed at The Plaza in 1974 and did business with musos Carla and Paul Bley, and he knocked his PIPE muck into a linen table-napkin. Maybe it was a hepcat comment on the ridiculous luxe of the place.

Fred said...

I remember that list Marshall-Stacks. But it lacked one of my favorites, which is the semi-public men's room on the 3rd floor of the State Supreme Court building at 60 Centre Street. It's only accessible by an internal stair, and only some law clerks and lawyers like me know about it. The Federal Court building has cleaner rest rooms, but post-9/11, you're not allowed to take your cell phone into the building, which is a bit of a drag, making the State Supreme Court building a preferable stop when travelling downtown.

Milan said...

Fred -- Thank you: The true administration of justice is the firmest pillar of good government, but sometimes a man's in a hurry. -- Is this internal stair accessible to the public?

marietta said...

Ich habe selten so eine architektonische klare und aesthetische Bauweise gesehen.

Unknown said...

Estetik Verwirrt von den verschiedenen Nachrichten über die ästhetische
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