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 Vast Wasteland #25

On the set of Sesame Street
On the set of Sesame Street, 1976. Note the cut-out in the side of the trash can so Oscar can be puppeteered muppeteered from outside the can while appearing from within.


Laura Brown said...

That's not Oscar's normal trash can. What's going on?

Brooks said...

Looked like just another bum on a bad street corner at first.

Peter Yezukevich said...

"The Muppet Taxi Driver" In this scene, Travis Pickle confronts the neighborhood bully, Oscar the Sport.