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 #38
The Fair: Building a Better Tomorrow #8


Original Caption:

Dr. Willis H. Carrier holds a thermometer inside an igloo display that demonstrates air conditioning at the St. Louis (sic) World's Fair.* The temperature controlled igloo remains at a steady 68 degrees fahrenheit inside

Original caption should read "New York."

4 comments :

Frank L. Dempsey said...

This looks more like New York in 1939 instead of St Louis in 1904.

Greg said...

Gak! You're right. Put in a "sic" for the original caption and added the post to the World's Fair series.

Peter Nellhaus said...

I think there's a frigid women joke somewhere.

Spiracle said...

Must have been the 'Gateway' arch that fooled them...