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

An Illustrated History of Race Relations in America #9


Students are doused with beverages and condiments during a sit-in
(Jackson, Mississippi; 1963)

6 comments :

Bill said...

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland in the middle, at a Jackson Mississippi Woolworth's lunch counter sit-in in 1963. A brave woman who's name should always be remembered. http://www.myhero.com/myhero/heroprint.asp?hero=Composer_Activist_AP

WillyC said...

Thanks for sharing that. Amazing courage.

John said...

So this is 50 years ago, and the goobers standing behind the lunch counter sit-ins are probably in their early 70's at this point. Most of them are likely still alive. I've seen this photograph before, and I am guessing some of the aforementioned "goobers" have as well. One wonders how they look back at this moment in time. With shame? With sadness? Regret? Pride? Anger? How would you like that image to be your own little personal mark on history, for all eternity?

WillyC said...

I was thinking the same thing John.

swac said...

A certain Phil Ochs song comes to mind...

stanollie said...

Proud to be an American??