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

The Art of Cinema #234:
Raymond Chandler Birthday Edition


The Blue Dahlia
(George Marshall; 1946)

3 comments :

Vanwall said...

A crackerjack script, and Ladd & Lake - pulp classic.

swac said...

One of these days I have to get around to watching my copy of The Brasher Doubloon...(I hear it's not great, but still)

Mr DeBakey said...

Mmmmmm Veronica Lake


And Alan Ladd is the best.
Check him out on the Box 13 radio show.