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: Philadelphia #15

Original Caption:

They Won't Salute "Old Glory"

Philadelphia -- Pictured leaving the U.S. District Court here are Walter Gobitis, Minersville, Pa., Grocer, and his children William and Lillian. The youngsters testified before Justice Albert B. Maris that saluting the American flag violated their religious principles as members of the sect known as Jehovah's Witnesses. The children quoted biblical passages to bolster their testimony. Justice Maris reserved decision. (1938)

1 comment :

Mike H. said...

I'm pretty sure Gobitis was with one "b" and Minersville is definitely with one "n".