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

American Mouthpieces #9

Jerry Geisler: Lawyer to the Stars (dig the Clarence Darrow photos)


Yaniv said...

was he the model for the tony shalhoub character in "barton fink"?

Tom Sutpen said...

I think the name was, but not the character, since he was a Producer in that film. Shalhoub did play an attorney as flamboyant as Geisler in The Man Who Wasn't There, but I don't think there was an intentional resemblence beyond that.