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 Cool Hall of Fame #42


James Mason

3 comments :

Bob Keser said...

#42?? #42!!!!! James Mason should be #1!

Brent McKee said...

Well, the epitome of cool is Cary Grant of course but it was a clash of titans when the two were onscreen together in North By Northwest. Mason had to be cool to put up with Pamela as long as he did. I remember when she had a talk show up here in Canada and the words "man hating witch" comes to mind. Of course that seems to have been shortly after her divorce so...

Jeff Duncanson said...

I remember an old ramp-f thread about alternate castings, and someone stated "James Mason would have been a great Hannibal Lecter." I would have never thought of that, but damned if they aren't right.