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

American Dry Spell #16


Original Caption:

New Orleans -- The crew of sunken Schooner "I'm Alone" is shown behind the bars in New Orleans, Louisiana after their arrest at sea. U.S. Revenue Cutter Dexter sank the Schooner when the alleged rum runner refused to surrender (1929)

1 comment :

Brent McKee said...

And caused an international incident when they did it. The Coast Gaurd chased the Canadian schooner out beyond the 12 mile "Search and Seizure Zone" into the high seas where they sank her. In 1935 an international commission declared that the sinking was unjustified and order the US to pay $50,000 to the Canadian Government, the captain and crew of the ship, and the widow of the ship's cxoswain, who was killed in the attack