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

The Art of Cinema #128


The Crimson Ghost
(Fred C. Brannon, William Witney, 1946)

6 comments :

Steve said...

Now THAT'S awesome.

John Gould said...

!!!

SWAC -- Remember when they ran this serial on "Switchback"?

~ JG

swac said...

Really? On Switchback?

Mind you, I didn't get to watch a lot of Switchback...I always got dragged to church...

John Gould said...

Strangely I both have memories of *both* "Switchback" and went to church.

Yeah, they totally ran "The Crimson Ghost." The villain was so cool -- such a creepy presence; I wonder if it would just seem goofy if I saw it now. Even then, the guys repeatedly getting punched in the jaw without losing their fedoras was hilarious.

TCG is also where I first learned what heavy water is. How topical ...

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Satanizmo said...

Oh how I wish to see this old gem!