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

When Legends Gather #661


"What it was, was skee-ball."
From left, Bill Giles, Anna Moreska, Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham and John Cage watch Jasper Johns play skee-ball, November 10, 1959.

4 comments :

patolds said...

I believe that is a bowling machine (with bowling pins), not skee ball.

Greg F. said...

According to the original story, this is Dillon's bar in New York and in the back they have a skee-ball game. Of course, without seeing the front of it there's no way to know but that raised side is usually absent on a skee-ball. But anyway, here's the main thing: Bill Giles, Anna Moreska, Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham, John Cage and Jasper Johns all got together for a beer.

patolds said...

The main thing was the get together. I just loved these old bowling machines, they could be twenty feet long and 2,000 pounds. My grandfather was a vendor and had these machines in bars on his route and in his arcade in Wildwood, NJ in the 1960's. Anyway, where was Dillon's, w54th?

Greg F. said...

80 University Place. Now a Jack Bistro. And probably no bowling game of any kind anymore.