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

Seminal Image #373

Nightmare Alley
(Edmund Goulding; 1947)


swac said...

Let's face it...this film is all seminal images. Man alive, it's great.

Vanwall said...

Scarred me for life. I'll have to blog about it.


Anonymous said...

That is the great James Burke behind Power.

Revelations said...

A great, seamy, icky noir novel w/occult overtones (chapters were titled for tarot trumps as I recall)