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 #654


In a Lonely Place
(Nicholas Ray; 1950)

6 comments :

the art of memory said...

very nice.

swac said...

This is actually the third time In a Lonely Place has appeared in Seminal Images...and probably not the last.

Vanwall said...

For Gloria alone it would merit future postings, but it has oh so much more.

swac said...

Yeah...the scene where she gets a massage...yow.

Vanwall said...

Excuse me, I have to take a cold shower now. ;-)

the art of memory said...

the joe squirrel bit is my favourite, and the editing when bogart bunches that fellow in the beginning, strange indeed, and the "popcorn" salesman line, it is one of the best noirs i think.