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

Heroes of Popular Culture #14

Ed Wynn


swac said...

Now I'm really cursing that bastard New England antiques dealer who wouldn't ship to Canada, screwing me out of a vintage ad poster for Moxie soda, with Ed Wynn on it.

"If at all particular..."

Great photo Tom, Wynn was to early radio what Berle was to early TV, but most people don't have a clue about him beyond Babes in Toyland, if that. He was The Perfect Fool.

steves said...

too right, swac. too little seen in the mainstream, for the mainstream flows an acidic bile burning cruelly those of most museful gifted, banished and accursed to the torture of dreams fulfilled by the masses in bondage to mediocre painted luxury