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 #235


Charles Chaplin and Sophia Loren

4 comments :

Vanwall said...
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swac said...

Aw, c'mon Vanwall...A Countess in Hong Kong was bad, but it wasn't that bad.

Vanwall said...

HahHah! Sorry Stephen, this comment was meant for the JFK assassination pic, but somehow it's here - whiskey, tango, foxtrot?

What was that someone said about hell being stuck on a desert island with only this film to watch? Actually, it beats the hell out of "Houseboat", the other fish-out-of-water romantic comedy with Sophia. Kinda hokey for the period, but amiable enough.

BCNU

swac said...

Yeah, I knew what you meant, but it was pretty funny out of context.