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

Woodcut Confidential! #9

Hayaru Hashika mo kyō asu bakari
(Measles epidemic will be only short lived)
(Oroka Zentei; 1860)


justjack said...

I was watching Kurosawa's "Sanshiro Sugata" the other, and those crazy platform clogs were the same shoe that Sanshiro was wearing. I couldn't believe how he could scoot around on them, to say nothing of going up and down stone stairs.

Fred said...

If you go to the countryside in Japan, you can still see folks wearing those platform clogs. As for the woodcut, it's refreshing to see that healthare propoganda is not an invention of the 21st Century.