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 #11

Steve McQueen


Hans said...

For #12 I'd like to see Mickey Rourke, also pretty mad and great.

Vanwall said...

Ill take McQueen, who walked the walk. Not only could he act, he was one helluva driver. Eevn with a bum leg, it took Mario Andretti in the last surviving Ferrari to run him and Peter Revson down at Sebring one year.And they were in a private Porsche, to boot.


Richard Gibson said...

Am I missing something, why was McQueen mad?

I can think of many words but mad isn't one that immediately springs to mind.

I know little about motorsports, but saw only last week on TCM UK a documentary on McQueen. He was also into and very good at motorcycle racing and used to do that with some stunt men friends of his.

I do think he was a good actor, and hadn't really appreciated that before, probably because he is often held up as such a 'style icon' which turns me off.

'The Getaway' is a great film, but 'Bullitt' is terrible, if ever there was a case of a triumph of style over substance...