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 Official Culture #4

Today's Adventure

Original Caption:

Outlook Dim.

New York -- Metropolitan Opera Coloratura Soprano Roberta Peters stops at the Met's stage exit, apparently pondering the outcome of efforts to keep the Opera from closing for the season. The 78-year-old Metropolitan Opera Association announced August 7th that it had cancelled the 1961-1962 season because it cannot meet the wage demands of its orchestra. New York's Mayor Robert F. Wagner is considering action to prevent the cancellation. (1961)

1 comment :

s a m said...

Love this series. (and there is so much humor in what you write, with out the author even saying a word. If that makes sense)