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

Strength Through Failure #2

Pipe City, 1932, by M.L. Cohen

During the Great Depression homeless men created a community called Pipe City, also known as Miseryville, which was located at the foot of 19th Avenue in Oakland, California. Using surplus sewer pipes, belonging to the American Concrete and Steel Pipe Company, the men created makeshift homes on company land. To qualify for a pipe, a man had to be jobless, homeless, hungry, and scruffy, but not helpless.

1 comment :

Brett Payne said...

I'm guessing this was the inspiration for Steinbeck's Cannery Row