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

Miniseries #13: Celebrants

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21 comments :

Vanwall said...

Brilliant, effing Brilliant!

Robert Fiore said...

The past is a foreign country. They toot little horns there.

MichaelRyerson said...

Rather a disturbing image in number 8 where, apparently, a young Marine NCO has wrestled an unruly woman to the floor only to have her attempt to lift his wallet. Ah, the Marines! Always looking out for our welfare.

Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Often times when viewing this site, I get the strange feeling that I am communicating with the dead. Don't ask me to explain it because I really can't.

Extraordinary photographs.

Tom Degan

http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

Mickey Glitter said...

Nice miniseries to ring out the old year and ring in the new! Happy New Year!

Kreisler said...

The little horn is making a comeback in 2010; check for the vuvuzela at the SA world cup. Thousands toot on them simultaneously creating a blanket of humming noise that steadily wears you down. Only way SA will get through the group stages.

Tempest said...

Hope it was Happy Year. With historical hindsight though...

Myself I'm not throwing out 2009.

Not welcoming in a 'New Year'. The old model worked quite well -Thank you very much.
But we are going to 'badge engineer' 2009[since it was a Very Good Year [for me}]with the 2010 number. Consequently 2010 will still be 2009 under the hood.
Never could make sense of saying good bye to a perfectly good year and welcoming the 'unknown'.

The rest of you beta tester for the new 2010 model let me know how it works out.

Troy: Theatre Promotions Guru said...

Wonderful, as always. Amid out merriment we should take a look at number 19 and remember the service workers serving our drunk asses tonight. Thanks guys and I'm sorry I threw up on the bar.

Fred said...

Thanks for posting all the old pictures Tom. It's good to see that New Years Eve (or as a late, lamented law partner used to call it, Amateur Night) has always been a great excuse to stay home. Happy to New Year to you and yours. Looking forward to seeing everyone back here next year at this time.

Tod Brody said...

What a beautiful and varied assortment of images! My year has been much enriched by discovering your wonderful and generous blog. Thanks for that, and Happy 2010!

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

As Mr. Mule himself has pointed out, this careful selection of photos is itself a work of art. Just seriously terrific. I would pay admission but I’m glad you don’t charge. Happy New Year, Gunslingers.

The Legendary Black Marquis said...

2009 is an old guy walking down the street whistling a tune. Beautiful young 2010 drags him into an alley, brains him with a stiletto, returns to street whistling his tune, only more melodiously.

That's how you've made me feel: murderously hopeful. Thank you.

mersenne_twister said...

extraordinary as always!
all the best in 2010

GAVIN B. said...

I just came across this wonderous blog this morning and I'm jealous. It's the sort of blog I've always wanted to publish but never had the artistic imagination nor the intellectual vision to develop a user friendly, web ready blog format.

I marvel at how much one can learn about the diverse streams ot the American cultural identity from a well presented blog of photojournalism. I've always been skeptical about the value of the blogsphere in shaping our cultural attitudes but today a quirky blog with a quirky name has restored my faith. I came, I saw, and If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger,There'd Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats conquered. Thanks for your efforts- Gavin B.

swac said...

Much obliged, Mr. B. Welcome to the funhouse.

Pop9 said...

Yeah yeah yeahhh.

Evilmonster said...

nice collection!

Gerard Saylor said...

I see No. Eight with the couple on the floor and compare it to No. Eleven. I think the couple in No. Eleven would behave like the couple in No. Eight if the girl's parents were not sitting at the table.

nancy =) said...

i've been quietly lurking here for quite some time...this series made me finally speak up...bravo, this is beyond the beyond...thanks for all of it!

Zoe said...

I don't think anyone celebrates New Year this anymore with soo many decorations lol
Very cool photos, so real and funny.
Happy New Year!

Kerry said...

Wonderful!