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 City: Miami #12

Original Caption:

Miami Beach Keys to Vacationing Babe

Miami Beach -- Babe Ruth, who is spending his second winter in Florida, is shown receiving the key to the City of Miami Beach from its mayor, Marcie Lieberman. When the Bambino arrived, the City Council broke up its regular weekly meeting to welcome the homerun hero. (1948)

1 comment :

Brent McKee said...

1948 would be the Babe's last visit to Florida. You can start to see the effects of the cancer that would kill him later that year at age 53.