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 Future is Now #19


Frigidaire's "Kitchen of the Future," on display in 1957.

10 comments :

Maureen said...

Not so far off, except for the robot cooking the chicken.

justjack said...

What the... is that a brain under that lucite dome?

Joanne said...

Modern housewife heaven!

Fred said...

Where's Ralph Kramden?

Brooks said...

The stainless steel certainly was on target. Can't blame them for missing that the future would use flinstones rock for surfaces. Although the women do resemble Betty and Wilma.

Christopher said...

HA HA!

Monique said...

This kitchen is featured briefly in a wonderfully bizarre 1956 General Motors promotional film called "Design for Dreaming."

http://www.archive.org/details/Designfo1956

Tempest said...

Coming soon in a Chinese home. That country I swear wants to remake itself into the US of the 1960's-highways, car everywhere, to-the-moon-alice, suburbia.

Oh where was I? Oh yeah welcome to the future..

All this World of Tommorrow bvllshi+ is such bvllshi+. I got a 1700 sq ft house and that sucker keeps me hoping with upkeep.
Did I say this was all b.s.?

Christopher said...

Rotissere Chickens in Spaaaaace

marietta said...

Steril wie auf der intensivstation.