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

Relevant Quote #51

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"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
-- Walt Disney


swac said...

What is it about large men being so graceful? I marvel every time I watch Roscoe Arbuckle move about (his short with Keaton called The Cooke, uh, The Cook, is one of the finest comedy shorts ever filmed. His Cleopatra routine is to die for).

Sam said...

To watch The Great One dance gracefully across the floor was a beautiful thing. Who knew that Gleason had the moves?

Ivan G. said...

Curly Howard of The Three Stooges was the same way--and even he was hampered by a injured foot in a shooting incident. But Gleason--my, oh, my, could that man move. "And awaaaaaaaaay we go!!!"