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 #5


Last shot of war photographer Robert F. Read aboard the USS Enterprise, August 24, 1942. The explosion killed him.

3 comments :

William Voorhest said...

There is some debate over the who actually took this photograph. The historical record suggests that it was taken by Marion Riley, Photographer's Mate Second Class & that PhoM 2/c Read was closer to the explosion & killed instantly.
Please see citations.
http://navy.togetherweserved.com/usn/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd=ShadowBoxProfile&type=EventExt&ID=232854
http://id.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkas:USS_enterprise-bomb_hit-Bat_eastern_Solomons.jpg

Daniel Riccuito said...

Thanks!

Daniel Riccuito said...

Thanks!