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

This Sporting Life #33

Original Caption:

Game Opponent.

New York -- Studying the board in the mirror atop his iron lung, 17-year-old Polio patient Bruce Campbell plays a match with two-time U.S. Chess champion Bobby Fischer, 15, of Brooklyn. The game was one of several Bobby played at the March of Dimes-supported Goldwater Memorial Hospital's respiratory center on Welfare Island, New York. Bruce called out his moves and Bobby made them. Bobby won the game, and made a big hit with the excited patients, who are being rehabilitated as part of the National Foundation's expanded program to combat arthritis and birth defects as well as polio. (1959)

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