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

Great Madmen of the 20th Century #7


Spike Milligan (and friend)

8 comments :

Tom Sutpen said...

This is actually a Great Madman Two-fer!

swac said...

I know, I was feeling generous!

Brent McKee said...

The question is, who was madder?

Tom Sutpen said...

My reading of it? Sellers. Hands down. Absolute genius, but completely nuts on any level you care to name.

swac said...

Milligan was more clinically mad. Sellers was better at making his madness a professional asset.

Tom Sutpen said...

Not a bad point. Sellers got Britt Ekland, Milligan got Lithium.

orangeguru said...

Many madmen or funny guys actually had a sad history. Milligan suffered terrible from the war, Billy Connolly was sexually abused. So often 'funny' is a way to cope with personal tragedy ...

Richard Gibson said...

Great picture. There was a great documentary on Peter Sellers BBC several years ago. In an interview with Spike he explained that both he and Sellers had captured their families via home movies. Spike had used 8mm camera and Peter a 16mm, because "Peter was richer than me, by 8mm".