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 City: St. Louis #1

Original Caption:

Wilkie Welcomed in St. Louis.

St. Louis -- Presidential candidate Wendell L. Wilkie waves amid a shower of confetti as he rides through St. Louis during his second campaign tour of the Middle West, October 17th. (1940)


MichaelRyerson said...

Born just a smidgen too late myself, I've always admired the hats.

MadHatter said...

..makes me think of that Bugs Bunny cartoon where the tiny gremlin screams in Bugs' ear ,"WELL IT AIN'T WENDELL WILKIE!!!!!"

jim smith said...

A couple of weeks later in Nov. '40FDR beat Willkie decisively. But right up to election night, no one could be sure of the outcome, not even FDR. And Willkie was no mossback. Like FDR, he was an internationalist.During the war FDR used Willkie as a special envoy. FDR even thought of a political alliance with young Wendell. But Willkie decided to try again in '44 for the 'pub nomination. Got nowhere in the few primaries they had in those days. And, in any event he was dead at 49before 1944 was out.

Fred said...

I remember my grandfather telling me about that election, and how the polls got it wrong because they were only able to get polling data from people with telephones, which in late Depression 1940 were still a luxury.