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

artists in action #147

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Peter Whitehead points his camera at the sky

2 comments :

Sam said...

This has nothing to with Peter Whitehead as I have no clue who his is. My bad. However, I did notice that you've now placed Jerry Lewis in the auteur spot. That was a great choice, in my personal opinoin. Is Jer being there for good or will you change it again?

Tom Sutpen said...

Hey, Sam...

I'll probably be moving Jerry Lewis out of there sooner, as it's sort of a rotating feature of 'le sidebar', but I'm glad you think he was a wise choice.

Thankfully, only hardcore middlebrows still resist taking Lewis seriously as a film artist. In fact, one of the things I like about younger cinephiles these days is they seem to embrace Lewis without irony or any of the cultural baggage (the French thing) old geezers like me were weighed down by when trying to argue his case, as it were.

Peter Whitehead was a British documentary filmmaker (I think he's still alive, but don't quote me on it) who largely focused on Pop and counterculture subjects; films like the Rolling Stones' doco Charlie is My Darling, and the Swinging London bagatelle Tonite Let's All Make Love in London.