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

Sex Education #30

Gene Tierney


Rob said...

"Kill me and I will love you" - what more could you say? Gawd, she was awesome. 'Specially with sunglasses on in a rowboat.


Ivan G. said...

One of my favorite Martin & Lewis jokes is in Sailor Beware, in which Jerry is doing his punch-drunk fighter bit. He mentions that his last fight was with "Gene Tierney" and Dean corrects him, saying "You mean Gene Tunney..."

Lewis' reply: "You fight who you wanna fight, and I'll fight who I wanna fight..."

swac said...

Heh...I haven't seen Sailor Beware (I figure it's James Dean bit part would have got it released by now) but I've heard them do that joke...probably on a radio show or TV appearance...why let good funny go to waste?