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 Future is Now #32

Original Caption:

February 7, 1954 - Washington, DC - TV singer Jeanne Dowling lights a cigarete for Elektro, a seven foot robot built by Westinghouse. The robot, which is fully capable of "puffing" the cigarette itself, can also play the piano and do other tricks. The robot is exhibited at a local hotel here.


Christopher said...

"was it good for you?"

Patrick M~ said...

If you haven't seen the video, THERE IS A VIDEO

Robert Fiore said...

"Once the star of the 1939 World's Fair, Elektro now ekes out a living playing piano in a Washington dive, chain smoking all the while . . ."

Brooks said...

Last I heard he had an iron lung.

Kyle said...

Also, a tin teardrop.

Bill said...

Brilliant, Kyle!