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

They Were Collaborators #354

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Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry

7 comments :

shahn said...

their "jeeves and wooster" is about the funniest thing i've ever seen.

Lex10 said...

My girls can't believe he's House.

H. P. L. said...

Just saw Fry in "V for Vendetta"... and the other day my wife wanted to see "Cold Comfort Farm" for the millionth time... I'm not familiar with his TV career, but I love his roles in these movies...

Pietro

Richard Gibson said...

I completely missed 'Jeeves and Wooster' and haven't seen 'House'. I'd forgotten that Stephen Fry was in 'V for Vendetta'.
It's his 50th birthday and BBC4 are hosting a whole lot of Fry related bits and bobs including the doc he made for BBC last year 'The Secret Life of Manic Depressive'.

This image is from 'A Bit of Fry and Laurie' which I always liked and would recommend.

Stacia said...

I hope it's not a past tense "were collaborators" so much as it's a "were once and will be again".

When Jeeves & Wooster was originally on PBS, we tried to watch it as often as our rabbit ears would allow us. Recently we rented the first two seasons to re-watch it and they were so much fun. I just can't watch "House" seriously. It's not that Hugh Laurie isn't a good actor, it's that all the squeeing slashfic writing fans out there who don't know anything about what Laurie's done in the past kind of embarrass me.

Richard Gibson said...

Stacia - according to what I saw they both plan to work together again, I think Fry hosts a programme over here called 'Qi' (I, think) and Hugh Laurie has been a guest. For British people we see a lot of Fry but not too much of Laurie, unless it's in something American. Somewhat similar to Pete and Dud in that respect, only Fry is probably more widely appreciated that Cook was.

swac said...

Big fan of these two...going back to their days on Blackadder, but also including Jeeves and Wooster and the terrific sketch stuff on A Bit of Fry and Laurie.

I really enjoyed what I've seen of QI , and love it when Fry is a guest panellist on I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (on the wireless). And believe it or not, Fry's readings of the Harry Potter books for the BBC actually make Rowling's fantasy boilerplate seem entertaining.