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 #22

space colony art from 1975
This 1975 illustration informs us that by the early 2000's humanity will live in space colonies like this one. With Skylab up in the air it's only a matter of time. I call the window house, bottom left!


goomba said...

Which way to the Circle K?

justjack said...

Reminds me of Ringworld.

Fred said...

It's made of people!

Chris Oliver said...

I think I may have had that book when I was a kid. The illustration looks very familiar.

Bill said...

A virtual cornucopia of culture!