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 American Fantasy #38

6 comments :

Mr DeBakey said...

That was the ultimate dream machine.

For some reason Mom wasn't interested in coughing up the $6.98.



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Maureen said...

It was probably that additional 75 cents they were forced to charge because of it's enormous size that killed the deal.

Fred said...

My best friend and I used to drool over this tank and its cousin, the submarine. He ended up begging his parents to buy him the sub (the tank was a little too violent for his mom), and then Honor House ended up sending him some piece of crap made out of cheap cardboard (I think the spent more on the box it came in). Luckily, the drive from Merrick to Lynbrook was only 20 minutes, so it didn't take his Dad too long to return it to Honor House for a full refund, which Honor House honored.

Christopher said...

I always wanted one of those Sumarines that they advertised in Comics like this...I thought that they'd look like those Propane Tanks folks used to have back then in their yards

Joe Thompson said...

"authentic replica of the mighty 'General Sherman' Tank"? Not hardly. Maybe a Patton.

Regards,
Joe Thompson ;0)

Tempest said...

You warmongers.

The X-Ray glasses-now THAT s#it was cash.