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

Edd "Guy" Thomajan dies at 87

Edd "Guy" Thomajan and Zero Mostel are plagued with problems in Panic in the Streets (1950).

According to Thomajan's obituary in the Tallahassee Democrat, the notable, diminutive character actor "had a scrappy personality and salty vocabulary, but he could switch from crusty curmudgeon to charming gentleman in a matter of seconds. Around his friends, he enjoyed telling colorful tales of his days working on Broadway and in Hollywood with such famous figures as James Dean, Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters, Audrey Hepburn, Paul Muni and legendary director Elia Kazan."

He went from Panic in the Streets to The Pink Panther...well, beats City Slickers II.

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