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

Action, Now! #19


Original Caption:

New York -- Nuns of the New York Roman Catholic Archdiocese march in orderly lines through the streets of Harlem during a mass demonstration of support for civil rights workers in Selma, AL. Some 300 nuns marched in the demonstration, which included more than 10,000 persons marching up Seventh Avenue, one of the main thoroughfares of the nation's largest Negro community. (1965)

2 comments :

John said...

Back when the Catholic Church actually stood for something.
(Yes, MY Catholic Church!)

paul said...

Interesting -- is the Kress store in the background part of the five-and-dime chain that refused to serve blacks across the South at it's lunch counters?