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

Heroes of Animated Cinema #1


Gertie the Dinosaur

5 comments :

swac said...

I really have to get a proper calendar...I meant to start a whole McKay series on the occason of his 140th birthday just last month.

Oh well, better late than never...

Dan said...

Too cool. I just love Little Nemo in Slumberland!

Vanwall said...

McCay was amazing. I have a big collection of Little Nemo edited by Bill Blackbeard that I picked up in the early '80s - I read a few pages every night to my little boys at bedtime. They grew up with Little Nemo, the lucky saps.

Gertie still looks good today. I wish they weren't selling the original rice-papers piecemeal, it would be great if they were all in one place.

swac said...

Whose's selling the original rice papers?

Vanwall said...

They pop up at ComicCon and elsewhere, and Van Eaton Galleries has been flogging them for while. I would love to have enough scratch to get 'em, but they're way beyond my budget.