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

Robert Altman: Still Alive at 81

Whether the result of an iron constitution, a testament to the preservative qualities of recreational herbs or an act of sheer spite towards an industry that never found succor in his vision, we here at If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger . . . are pleased to be able to wish Robert Altman, the director of Nightmare in Chicago, Quintet and O.C. & Stiggs, all our best as he celebrates this, his 81st birthday.


Vanwall said...

I would say spite is a good possibility, and remember, if you sit by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float past.


Tom Sutpen said...

If only . . .

Richard Gibson said...

Did you guys know that he is currently directing for the London stage?