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

Seminal Image #631

A Midsummer Night's Dream
(Max Reinhardt and William Dieterle; 1935)


Richard Gibson said...

Kenneth Anger is in this, right?

Tom Sutpen said...

He is, though he's not listed in the credits; which has caused some to wonder if this wasn't another example of Anger's self-mythologizing. It's possible, but the kid playing the Changeling Prince looks enough like Anger to me to think he is, for once, on the level.

Besides, if he was going to invent a Kid Actor career for himself, why stop with one movie? He could claim to have been in dozens; in small enough roles to possibly get away with it.