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

The Cool Hall of Fame #62

W.C. Fields


Nick Zegarac said...

Ah yes...the perfect abode for me and ma' little chickadee! Love that man. Puts a smile on my face every time!

Best W.C. quote ever. When asked by an elderly dowager, "Don't you like children?" Fields wryly replied, "Only when they're properly cooked!"

Birch said...

My favorite Fields line:

(in reply to an indignant matron who snaps at him, "You're drunk!")

Yeah, and you're crazy. Now, I'll be sober in the morning. But you'll be crazy the rest of your life.

Flynnjr said...

My favorite Fields':

"Water? Never touch the stuff. Fish f-ck in it, you know..."