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

Aftermath: U.S.A. #13


Original Caption:

Salute to News.

New York -- This unusual salute to news took over a display window at Macy's department store and attracted considerable attention. International News Service, WRCA-TV and WRCA-Radio, New York, flagship stations of the National Broadcasting Company, contributed to the exhibit. An International News facsimile machine is at left and an International News service teletype printer at right. Included in the display are photos of news and special events commentators who use the INS news and picture service. (1955)

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