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 Travel #28


Tempest said...

Beautiful poster.
Sad in away. It's a PanAM poster and my larger than life travels as a child were on that airline (Hawaii and to Panama).

Fond memories.

estiv said...

Very nice, with wonderful detail. Amazing that it's an image that was meant to be ephemera. Do we know what year it's from?

Tom Sutpen said...

Sometime in the 1970s. Sorry to say, I don't have a more exact date than that.