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

They Were Collaborators #161

Walter Huston and John Huston


Brent McKee said...

Okay Tom, gotta ask, is ther any prticular reason for this flurry of Hustonia today? And if so why no image from Chinatown?

Tom Sutpen said...

There is indeed a reason, Brent. Yesterday, if he were still with us, would have been John Huston's 100th birthday.

As for why no images from Chinatown?

I never thought of it, to be honest . Though, on reflection, if I picked an image from one of the film Huston acted in, it probably wouldn't be that one since it's the obvious first choice. I'd have gone with The Cardinal or The Wind and the Lion

Peter L. Winkler said...

The first time I ever saw The Devil And Daniel Webster on TV, which must have been about 25 years ago, I missed the opening credits.

So I'm watching the film and Mr. Scratch shows up, and by the time the film is over, I'm saying to myself,"Gee, he looks and sounds just like John Huston."

It wasn't till some time later that I discovered it was Walter Huston.

Maya said...

What a great photograph! Where did you find that?

Tom Sutpen said...

Thanks! I found it somewhere in the wilds of the internet a few months back. Not a bad find.