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 #676

The Taking of Pelham 123
(Joseph Sargent; 1974)


blankemon said...

One the GREAT New York movies. It's vision of the city and its characters rings true. Helluva lotta fun too. How can you go wrong with Matthau & Shaw?

swac said...

Hi to my friends John & Eve (and Ivy and Mae) in Pelham!

Stacia said...

I was just talking about this movie last night. It's terrific, the first time I saw it I was gobsmacked. Did you know one of the thieves was played by Earl Hindman, the neighbor behind the fence on "Home Improvement"?

Richard Gibson said...