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 #729

Peter Pan
(Herbert Brenon; 1924)


Vanwall said...

Hmmm. I always find the boy-played-by-a-girl scenario that seems curiously mandatory for this story to be creepy in the extreme - even as a kid. I'll take "The Naked Kiss" over this one for Betty's contribution to my library.

Stacia said...

A few years ago I happened to catch some clips of this film on a cable channel that was called "The Arts" or something -- it featured short 3-5 minute snippets of various films, orchestra performances, etc. I was shocked at how beautiful the quality of the film was, and for a moment was certain it was a modern remake of the original. Thus far I haven't seen the whole film, of course. Too many films, not enough time.