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

Modernist Ungapotch #3

The Dictascrivener' , 1898 'The Patterson-Armitage Dictascrivener of 1898 was an early attempt to perfect a method of effecting transfer of thought to paper without program or mediation. The gentle voltage passing through the barrel of the Dictascrivener emitted a vibratory stimulus which would allegedly trigger a discharge of dazzling revelations.'


Critical Theory at USC said...

Do you have a source on this? Amazing find.

Daniel Riccuito said...

I lifted it from some blog and trusted their (unsourced) description.