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: Reno #10


Original Caption:

Reno -- A crowd watches the auction of a 1931 Bugatti Berline de Voyage automobile in the Reno Convention Center (1986)

1 comment :

Vanwall said...

Bill Harrah had some 1,400 vehicles and a few airplanes in his collection in Reno. It was a de-facto National Motor Museum, before there was any real plan to have one, and it was amazing the breadth and quality of it. Then Holiday Inn bought his whole shootin' match, and dumped the big ticket items, like this Bugatti, to make as much as they could off the deal. There's a shadow of it's former glory still in Reno, but it's nothing like it was.