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

When Legends Gather #145

Jack Benny and Jerry Lewis


swac said...

I've often wondered how these two got along off-camera. I was never sure if Benny was a fan (Dean and Jerry occasionally made unbilled cameos on his show, and vice versa) or if he was just capitalizing on their enormous fame at the time.

I'm willing to bet it was some sort of mutual admiration...Lewis's persona seemed to be borne out of the exaggeration of classic radio comedy characters, but with an added sense of anarchy.

Tommy O'C said...

I'm sure Benny had occasion to tell Lewis, "I crap bigger than you." God knows, Dino told him, "You're nothing but a dollar sign to me."