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 Cool Hall of Fame #14

Zero Mostel


Rob said...

Nice shot. Zero was absolutely amazing. Possibly the best visual comedian of his time - "The Producers" to the Muppet Show, plus Broadway, hard to beat that legacy. "He raped Thrace thrice?"


Ivan G. said...

...and don't forget The Front (1976). Man, do I love that film.

swac said...

I think I first saw him on The Muppet Show as well, followed by the film of Ionesco's Rhinoceros when I was 12 or something like that. Somewhere I've got an LP of Mostel performing Harry Ruby tunes (Songs My Mother Never Sang, I think). I miss that kind of larger-than-life performer, Nathan Lane doesn't quite cut it.

Rob said...

That particular Muppet show was one of the best ones ever. Zero was like a big shaggy Muppet, anyway. ;-) He was amazingly able to morph into a range of funny characters, much like Jonathan Winters. I watched "The Producers" on Beta and would go back over his bits again and again. Loved that film, but it did have unintended consequences, such as my little blond three-year old breaking into "Springtime for Hitler" at the drop of a hat. And this was well before the recent revival.