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

Adventures in the Official Culture #1

Today's Adventure:

Original Caption:

Checking The Good Points.

Manhattan -- The nearly completed Metroplitan Opera House at Lincoln Center was unveiled to the press March 22, and viewing the $45.7 million dollar house are its architect, Wallace K. Harrison, William Schuman, President of Lincoln Center, and Rudolph Bing, General Manager of the Met. The house immediately touched off a controversy, drawing remarks ranging from "gorgeous" on one hand, to "it looks like a cheap Paramount Theatre in Brooklyn" on the the other. (1966)

1 comment :

Fred said...

Beautiful hall, God-awful acoustics. I'll take Carnegie Hall over the Met any day of the week.