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 #677

The Man Who Wouldn't Die
(Herbert I. Leeds; 1942)


Vanwall said...

Strangely enough, this reminds me of Ahnold's work in "Predator".

Son said...

first blackface™

Tom Sutpen said...

Probably not the first (Blackface in movies goes back all the way to the beginning; in American culture it goes back to the start of the 19th century), but the image does have an Al Jolson/Eddie Cantor vibe to it, yeah.

swac said...

I like it 'cause it's so creepy on so many levels (I found it weird to see something so Bunuel-esque in a 20th Century Fox B-picture), but it does have a bit of the flavour of ol' Banjo Eyes for sure.