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

When Legends Gather #7: Academy Awards Edition


Marlon Brando and Bob Hope

3 comments :

swac said...

Oh, if only they'd worked together...

The only thing I can think of that comes close is Orson Welles on The Jack Benny Show (radio).

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen wrote:

Oh, if only they'd worked together...

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It probably would have turned out as big a chemistry trainwreck as his pairing with Sinatra in Mankiewicz's "Guys and Dolls"

The only thing I can think of that comes close is Orson Welles on The Jack Benny Show (radio).

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I've never heard those shows. There's no way they can't be interesting, since they were done around the time Welles' directorial career in Hollywood went into freefall.

swac said...

Stephen wrote:

Oh, if only they'd worked together...

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tas said...

It probably would have turned out as big a chemistry trainwreck as his pairing with Sinatra in Mankiewicz's "Guys and Dolls"

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Or Hope and Hepburn in The Iron Petticoat.