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 #160

Dr. Martin Luther King, jr. and Marlon Brando


Jeff Duncanson said...

You amaze me (again). Tom, do you have any details about this one? Where,when,What they talked about?

Tom Sutpen said...

Thanks, Jeff!

I don't have any details about this specific meeting, but Brando was a pretty high-profile supporter of the Civil Rights movement from the late 50s (when it was not fashionable) on. He donated a huge amount of both time and money; I think he even spoke at the March on Washington in '63 (at any rate he was one of its principals). It's not hard to believe his meeting with King on numerous occasions, given his degree of committment in relation to his fame (it was not a casual enthusiasm for him). Later on he became an outspoken advocate of the Black Panther Party, though he didn't pay for it with his life as Jean Seberg did (perhaps the FBI determined he was immune to the kind of harassment they could dish out). Then came the American Indian Movement and the Sacheen Littlefeather incident at the '72 Academy Awards . . . the kind of anarchic stunt show business needs more of, you ask me.

Bill Chinaski said...