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

The Art of Cinema #79:
Canada Day Edition

Back to God's Country (David Hartford, 1919)


Tom Sutpen said...

Hey . . . you can't post no Canadian-type stuff! This here's the 4th of July (a couple days from now, anyway)

As Grand Funk Railroad might put it: We're an American Blog!!

(for all our Canadian visitors, the preceding was only a joke. Happy Canada Day to y'all!)

slyboots2 said...

That movie was a hoot, eh?! (There- I used some official Canadian lingo on ya!) Happy, Happy neighbors to the North!

Brent McKee said...

Of course there aren't that many Canadian silents to choose from...

swac said...

If only I could find a graphic for Carry On Sergeant... (and no, not one of those "naughty British comedies).