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

Norman Rockwell Saved from Drowning #27


Southern Justice (Murder in Mississippi) (1965)

4 comments :

John said...

Norman Rockwell? Amazing.

Frank Van Haste said...

A Rockwell exhibition recently opened at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art. The Washington Post's reviewer complained that Rockwell's art displayed no courage.

Perhaps he ought to study this one for a while, and reflect. And repent.

estiv said...

Fits with #15 in this series. At some point you might do the one of the little girl being escorted to school by Federal marshals, with graffiti on the wall behind her.

ivarz said...

completely inspired of course by the world press photo of 1962: http://lulu-memoirs.blogspot.com/2008/01/story-behind-picture-priest-and-dying.html