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 #444

(Cyril Endfield; 1964)


Brent McKee said...

Not to undermine Enfield, but the movie wouldn't have been made without his co-producer and partner on this movie Stanley Baker, a solid actor who died far too soon.

Peter L. Winkler said...

Zulu is a great movie and makes some great points about concepts such as heroism and militarism. Too bad our armchair warrior in chief doesn't see it, though I'm sure he'd completely miss the point.