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

Norman Rockwell Saved from Drowning #31

Walking to Church (1953)


marietta said...

It is so funny to see,brother and sister walked the same style like mom and dad,like it so much,thanks.

justjack said...

The more I look at this picture, the more I see. The street looks like Hopper, only without the low-angle sunlight. And the family creates a triangle like something in a Benjamin West composition.

I like how mom and sis have their hats perched on the front of their heads, all determination and resolve.

I like how dad and the boys have their lids perched back on their heads, all mellow.

The entire scene feels like Philadelphia. If that's so, then the church steeple and gable in the background could have been designed by Frank Furness.

Building on the right: are those tv aerials? in 1953?

Christopher said...

..while everyone else is sleeping off the sins of the night before..