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

Before and After #51:
Billy Barty



1 comment :

Vanwall said...

Oh, yeah, one of my favorite character actors! Barty had more character in that little body than most of the people he acted with - I met him once in the old Phoenix Sky Harbor Terminal when I was in school - when you could still walk out on the tarmac for every flight and go up on the roof and watch 'em land. I worked with a dwarf and there was some kind of Little People get together, so I tagged along, and met Barty and a few other wee film folk, but he's the only one I remember.