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

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, Women and Children #2


Stone Coal Hollow, West Virginia, 1964.

2 comments :

Spirit of the Season said...

Any idea where I could get a print of that? I googled the title but found nothing.

....amazing that it was shot in 1964 and not 1934

Greg said...

Sorry, I'm not sure where you could get a print. Try the major print supplier sites (Getty, Corbis, etc) and search on the date and name of town. I know Corbis has a small watermarked version that could probably be purchased but it may be a bit pricey.