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

When Legends Gather #327


Ingrid Bergman and Kenneth Williams

5 comments :

swac said...

This made my day.

Tom Sutpen said...

Mine too, when I found it.

Think 'Carry on, Anastasia'

Might have been a decent entry in the series. Sid James as General Sergei; Hattie Jacques as the Dowager Empress; dunno who Charles Hawtrey could've played, though.

mike said...

strange, strange man our kenneth was. his diaries are completey mad.

swac said...

The BBC aired readings of his diaries...you might be able to find them online at BBC Radio 7. Truly hilarious and sad at the same time.

Maybe I will get that multi-disc Carry On DVD box set I saw for $29.99 at a certain department store that shall remain nameless...

Tom Sutpen said...

There's a few of those; one of which contains, I believe, every Carry On picture ever made. I must admit, I have a true weakness for double-entendre humor, late of the British empire, so if I had the coin I'd pick that one up.

I haven't read the Diaries, but everything I've heard about Williams suggests that he was a pretty messed up guy, brilliant as he could be (some of those Round the Horne broadcasts are unbelievable). Did they ever determine whether his death was accidental, or suicide?

Yeesh. These comedians . . .