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

This Week's Hopper #2


New York Movie (1939)

7 comments :

swac said...

I always wonder what happened in Hooper's head when something struck him as painting worthy. That's what lingers about his work, we look at something like this, or even the overexposed Nighthawks, and think that we've been there too. It's hard to say that about paintings from, say, 150 years ago, but I see this work and the meaning buried in that initial moment of inspiration remains as vital and universally understandable as when the spark first went off in Hopper's mind.

Ivan G. said...

I've been haunted by this painting for sometime now, ever since I started reading David Thomson's The Whole Equation (it's featured in the book, albeit in a B&W version)...

monsieurblob said...

rather than blabbing on bout god like inspiration (swaaaaaaaaaac:-), this stuff predates noel burch's ramblings by loads of decades. it is a gem for modern cineastes such as i, indeed it is nothing short of a flag for us.

swac said...

Who said anything about God?

Tom Sutpen said...

Stephen wrote:

Who said anything about God?

*****
Stephen . . . note the source, okay?

It's Juan. 'Nuff said?

monsieurblob said...

well i certainly didnt mention god. i said 'god-like' which is what we do when we 'wonder what happened in Hooper's head when something struck him as painting worthy'... that takes part in a cult of the 'genius author' when in fact modern criticism may take precedence. in any case, you two sound rather retarded as of late. as for sutpen, you dloaded flaming creatures and sauvage innocents yet?!

swac said...

Criticism, schmiticism.