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 #407

(Monte Hellman; 1974)


Richard Gibson said...

Is this film good?

swac said...

It's certainly singular.

Besides...Warren Oates!

Ivan G. said...

I don't think Cockfighter is as good as its reputation would suggest, but Stephen is right--any Warren Oates film is worth a look-see.

Richard Gibson said...

Stephen/Ivan, thanks. I guess I'm interested as Monte Hellman.

Oates, is I agree always worth a look.

swac said...

Think of it as Bring Me The Hen of Alfredo Garcia.

Olompali said...

I met Warren Oates on a promo tour for "Alfredo Garcia" He kept singing the word Cockfighter...
He gave me a bottle of Chevis.

I wondered what happened to this film.

rick said...

"piss on her and the horse she came in on..."

awesome movie.