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

True Tales from the Bicentennial Year #6


Original Caption:

Landing -- Father Thomas Trepasso explains to Joseph and Julia Quinlan the Mass that he will hold in honor of the couple's daughter, Karen Ann, whose birthday is March 29th. Karen Ann Quinlan has been kept alive by an artificial respirator for almost one year now. The desicion on the fate of the 22-year-old comatose woman is now in the hands of the New Jersey State Supreme Court. (1976)

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