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

Night Stalker Stalks Again

Darren McGavin as paranormal reporter Carl Kolchak.

According to the folks at, the great '70s mystery adventure (and often supernatural) series Kolchak: The Night Stalker will finally see the light of day on DVD in October. Now I'm not going to say that reporter Carl Kolchak was a major influence on me as far as my going into the newspaper business is concerned, but McGavin played him with a rare blend of verve and sweetness that always appealed to me. I saw the show in its initial run, I was really too young to watch it, but saw enough to give me nightmare fuel for months on end.


Rob said...

I, too, loved this show! McGavin is marvelous in this one. Very ahead of its time in its kinda quirky way, with an odd winking at itself.


frank said...

When I was a kid he was one of my biggest heros. I live in Argentina but I'll do whatever to get that DVD

Brooklyn Blowhard said...

This was one of my all time faves, and one of the few shows that had some scary moments.