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

Faces of Science #13

Laika the Space Dog


Kreisler said...

Laika is quite the artist's muse. Best memorialised by The Divine Comedy on 'Absent Friends':
'Laika flew through inky blue...'

Christopher said...

LAIKA!.The Terror from Beyond Space!!

Tempest said...

I adopted a dog from an animal shelter one time.

It just wouldn't bond.

This picture shows exactly what I finally did with it.

Robert Fiore said...

When in Los Angeles be sure to visit the shrine to Russian space dogs at the Museum of Jurassic Technology (really, this is true).

H. P. L. said...

Among the countless works of fiction inspired by this wonderful dog, I'd recommend "Habitus" by James Flint.