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 #658

River's Edge
(Tim Hunter; 1986)

(vast thanks to Hannah for this image!)


DaydreamSupercollider said...

I remember this film...a body gets dumped and a new brat pack emerges.

blankemon said...

Wow, what a facile oversimplification. This was one of the best films of the 80s. Totally blindsided me.

swac said...


I keep waiting for Tim Hunter's cinematic comeback (although he's done some fine work on TV).

Richard Gibson said...

I remember this film, it was very different. Definately like to re-visit this one.

sonicdeathsound said...

indeed, one of the best films of the 80's! with one of the best soundtracks to boot. glover and hopper gave a hell of a performance.