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

Great Canadians of the 20th Century #12

Wayne and Shuster


Mr DeBakey said...

[Enter Two Umpires]
Umpire 2 Hail Granato!
Umpire 1 I give you greeting, Antonio.
Thou hast the starting lineups?
Umpire 2 Ay. The batting orders duly signed
by managers both.
Umpire 1 ‘Tis well. What o’clock ist?
Umpire 2 ‘Tis at the stroke of two.
[Trumpets sound]
Umpire 1 Hark! The players come. To our
appointed places shall we go, you at first
and I behind the plate. This game
depends on how you make your call.
Farewell! until you hear me cry “Play ball!”

Brent McKee said...

Private Roman Eye (Johnny Wayne): "I want a Martinius."
Bartender (usually Paul Kligman)"Don't you mean a Martini?"
Private Roman Eye: "If I wanted two I'd have asked for two."

swac said...

Brutus (Shuster):He was stabbed in the rotunda!
Flavius Maximus, Private Roman Eye (Wayne): I've heard that's very painful.