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

S is for Steichen #15


Carl Sandburg

4 comments :

estiv said...

A three-piece suit and an overcoat -- nowadays that would be very formal, but once even an outspoken champion of the common people like Sandburg would dress that way. If you want to know a culture, study its clothes.

Inquiring Camera Girl said...

Steven Spielberg modeled E.T. partly after Sandberg!

I can see it.

C said...

Where the heck do you find these? This is incredible.

sabo76 said...

Fantastic photo. Just finished reading ABRAHAM LINCOLN The Prairie years and The War Years for the 3rd time. Love it and the photo. Thanks.