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

Seminal Image #218

There's Always Tomorrow
(Douglas Sirk; 1956)


slyboots2 said...

Love love love Barbara Stanwyk!!! She had MOXIE!!!

swac said...

Damn straight.

Richard Gibson said...

Okay I'm English. What does Moxie mean? This is a Sirk I haven't seen. Anyone got a VHS? I'm pretty sure this is not on DVD anywhere in the world otherwise I would have sniffed it out.

I can lend you 'A Scandal in Paris' from 1946 if that's of interest, it's a R2 (Europe) disc which I don't think is available in USA.