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

Sex Education #45


Fay Wray

5 comments :

Brent McKee said...

Who could also fit into the Great Canadians of the 20th Century series. Of course so could Louis B. Mayer and Jack Warner, at least according to Canada's Walk of Fame.

Tom Sutpen said...

I was thinking of Mayer as the first entry, but even though he spent virtually all of his childhood and formative years in Canada, he was born in Russia, so I had to give him the heave-ho (though not as brutally as Nicholas Schenck did).

swac said...

Yeah, I think he arrived in Canada around the age of four or five, lived in my mom's hometown of Saint John, then moved to Boston in his teens, where he somehow turned a rag trade job into motion picture distributing, got the New England rights to Birth of a Nation, and the rest is history.

Goldwyn also enterted North America through Halifax (where I live) and rumour has it he actually walked to the U.S., where he became a glove salesman.

slyboots2 said...

Isn't Norma Shearer a Canadian? And Mary Pickford? There's a twofer.

swac said...

Careful! There's a virulent anti-Norma Shearer lurking out there...

I'm gonna go with Mack Sennett as my Great Canadian.