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

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Fat City
(John Huston; 1972)


Matt Blankman said...

Terrific film - terribly underrated. Huston did some nice work in the 70s. I love his Wise Blood too. I once asked an English teacher why Huston seemed to make such good adaptations of literature while so many others fall flat. His response: "Huston knew how to read."

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Anonymous said...

Susan Tyrrell is wonderful in this. She led and leads a tragic and facinating life. She lost both her legs to a blood disease in 2000 and continues to work in theater and voice acting. I'd really like to meet her.