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 Art of Travel #32

7 comments :

estiv said...

Psychedelic, sexy, pre-Columbian, and with mariachis. I'm there.

Fred said...

I remember this ad quite well. My folks took us on a family vacation to Mexico in 1972 and my mom actually sent away for the "Wonderful Mexico" brochure, which I spent hours looking at.

Lango Aurelian said...

So 60's / 70's........ I love it ! It's giving me fabulous ideas for a paean to peyote Mardi Gras costume.

Smudged Kohl said...

Jesus.Irresistible urge to book flight ticket.

Christopher said...

~*ViVa MeXiCo*~

Mrrspidey said...

I think this illo was done by Ted Coconis, who was a famous illustrator at the time. He did all kinds of stuff: movie posters, ads, etc. He loved incorporating cirlces in his artwork. Very distinctive. One of my favorites.

Alexis said...

The type smells like Lubalin's spirit !