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

Men of the West #7


George O'Brien

1 comment :

Brent McKee said...

His military career is if anything at least as interesting as his movie career. He is one of the men to serve in World War I (as an enlisted man he volunteered to be a stretcher bearer in the Marines), World War II (as a beach master in various Pacific island landings), Korea and Vietnam where he participated in film making assignments. He was recommended for promotion to Admiral on four occasions; if he had been granted the rank it would have put him on a par with his good friend and frequent director John Ford.