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 #57

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"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious - the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science."
-- Albert Einstein

(This is an image I found a few hours ago of an empty street outside the Rivoli Theater in New York at the time Ophuls' "Letter from an Unknown Woman", one of the most beautiful films ever made in this country, opened in April, 1948. I've been feeling extremely depressed today, I'll confess, but seeing this has relieved it slightly. And I don't know why. I thought I'd share it with you all nevertheless)

1 comment :

Rob said...

Cheer up, bunky! I agree, a wonderfully filmed masterpiece, with Fontaine's performance a huge plus. Was she ever better?

BCNU