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

Art of Cinema #219
John Wayne 100th Birthday Edition


Overland Stage Raiders
(George Sherman; 1938)

4 comments :

Vanwall said...

Nice touch - Brooksie on the way down, Duke on the way up.

Stacia said...

Ah, Louise. She's actually pretty cute in this film.

swac said...

Is this one public domain? I thought it was, but it never shows up on those usual bargain bin Wayne compilations.

Vanwall said...

I think it's more of a Brooks ephemera than a Duke one - It's like the crazy aunt locked upstairs for the shitkicker crowd, but Louise fan's'll take anything we can get.

Interesting that the Western Channel East is showing this Tuesday at 10:40 PM Pacific - it's normally buried at the bottom of the Wayne pile, but now it's an important artifact of Duke's Western history. Sorta.