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

Men of the West #11

Harry Carey


Vanwall said...

A convincing cow-poke, even in Hollywood trappings. His later work was some of the best supporting acting in the movies.

Joe Thompson said...

He was born in the Bronx, but he was a man of the west. John Wayne paid tribute to him at the end of "The Searchers". Thanks for a good image.

Joe Thompson ;0)

hcbeck said...

Sometime if you get the chance, I really recommend a mid-thirties Carey movie "The Last Outlaw" which was budget-scuttled when John Ford was distracted to another production. Ford is credited as writer, and had he directed it, it would have been his final collaboration with Carey. Just wonderful, though.--It's about an outlaw who has to adjust to the modern world after a lengthy prison stretch (35 years, I think). Very wry look at Western myths--the guy winds up watching a Western with a singing cowboy, for example.