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

Faces of Science #35

Cousteau and aqua lung
Original Caption:

Oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau demonstrates his latest invention, the Aqua-Lung, with the help of Ethel Janney of Cold Spring Harbor, and Commander Douglas Fane, Chief of the US Navy underwater demolition squad. The Aqua-Lung allows divers to breath at depths of 200 feet without above water connections. The demonstrate took place in the swimming pool of the SS Liberte oceanliner.

1 comment :

Fernando said...

Geez Louis, check out the beak on Cousteau!