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

Charles Nelson Reilly dies at 76


Little known fact: he took acting classes with Steve McQueen.

6 comments :

DaydreamSupercollider said...

RIP Charles Nelson Reilly...a totally naturally funny guy.

swac said...

He recently made a film about his life, mixing his one-man show with clips and so on. The trailer (on YouTube) is hilarious.

Vanwall said...

He was possibly the best guest on a talk show ever.

swac said...

I've always wondered if he was considered a gay icon in his heyday? His sexual orientation certainly wasn't a secret in the industry.

Thanks to CNR, Paul Lynde and Wayne Flowers & Madame, I had an inkling from a very young age that some people were a bit, shall we say, different.

Brent McKee said...

By all accounts he was considered a gay icon even though he didn't "officially" reveal his sexuality until he did his one-man show. A TV executive reportedly told him once that "they don't let queers on television.”

Puneet said...

He is reilly funny.........
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