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 #22


Charles Nelson Reilly, Dinah Shore and Andy Kaufman (as Tony Clifton)

7 comments :

Brooklyn Blowhard said...

That pic made my day. Thank you.

swac said...

Glad to hear it, your royal hardness!

It was either that or Kaufman with Robert Goulet and Carol Channing...but I just can't say no to the great CNR.

Brooklyn Blowhard said...

I had a bad TV flashback the other night: I remember watching Stan Kann with his wacky inventions. Whatever happened to him?

Tom Sutpen said...

I didn't know it was possible to have a bad TV flashback without Joe Franklin being involved.

mwl said...

How do you rate Jim Carrey's portrayal?

swac said...

Hey Mark! I thought Carrey did a fine job, certainly as good a job as could have been done portraying Kaufman. I suppose there's a certain level of difficulty in that it can be hard determining who the real Kaufman was, especially after watching a couple of hours' worth of vintage appearances on one of the 5minutestolive.com Kaufman compilations (highly recommended). Going from the childlike performer singing The Cow Goes Moo on Mike Douglas to the foulmouthed vulgarian challenging Jerry Lawler on Letterman, you wonder if there's any middle ground...

Brooklyn Blowhard said...

Joe Franklin is my hero. His show was always a staple during those nights my friends and I sat around getting high. We even listened to his radio show, and called in pretending to be relatives of famous movie stars, and making song requests. I once told Joe I was Otto Preminger's nephew. We spoke for about 10 minutes.
Do you remember when he sued Uncle Floyd for Floyd's "Joe Frankfurter" bit?
Those were the days.