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

Relevant Quote #80


"Without lies, humanity would perish of despair and boredom."
-- Anatole France

5 comments :

Brent McKee said...

Print the legend.

Mike D said...

who is that with tricky dicky? it's not fritz lang is it?

Tom Sutpen said...

No, that is Mr. 'Print the Legend' himself, John Ford; receiving what I believe was the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute (you haven't lived until you've heard Richard Nixon wax poetic on Cinema).

Mike D said...

ah i see!

i'd love to hear nixon on cinema. andre bazin would have nothing on him i reckon.

(go on guys make it happen!)

Brent McKee said...

I do know that Nixon had a part time gig as an amateur editor. He "suggested" certain cuts in the movie 1776 to Jack Warner - specifically the song "Cool Considerate Men" - which J.L. hurried to make much to the movie's detriment. It's my favourite musical (yeah I know, I'm odd) but the restored version is by far the better movie.