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

A Happy Thanksgiving to All Our Readers!:
Norman Rockwell Saved from Drowning #17


Freedom from Want (1943)

7 comments :

BwcaBrownie said...

At Vanity Fair online, they are channeling this Norman Rockwell. David Kamp and Ross MacDonald imagine celebrating Thanksgiving with Bernard Madoff and other recently convicted phonies.

marietta said...

I thing,norman rockwell amazed over and over with his human warmly in his pictures ,at times more than a foto can show us.schöne vorweihnachtszeit allen.

tristan said...

i've been lucky enough to see the painting itself ... the rendering of the tableware would have made velasquez proud

marietta said...

And el greco too.

marietta said...

and albrecht dürer,and leonardo too.

BwcaBrownie said...

Tristan I envy your visit to the Rockwell Museum - and thanks for drawing attention to the magnificent painting of glass, silver and white plates. A true artistic exercise.

Maybe 'Tablesettings in American Art' is a future feature for the Gunslinger Gang?
Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Vanwall said...

Happy Thanksgiving to all the Gunslingers, and their legion of fans!