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

They Were Collaborators #419


Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold

14 comments :

SomeNYGuy said...

Was this picture taken before or after they wrote My Fair Lady?

shahn said...

this series was made for these two

Mike said...

Oh, supermen!

Vanwall said...

"Rope" was just on TCM recently, and I realized how much I enjoyed Stewart's performance by itself, and also the mysterious waif, Joan Chandler.

Richard Gibson said...

'Rope' - amazing. Hey what was the film, maybe late 80's and 90's about these two?

Vanwall said...

"Swoon" Nothing to write home about - a by-the-numbers approach, without the jagged edge needed for a murderous folie-a-deux.

swac said...

Compulsion is much better. But then I love black and white Cinemascope.

Richard Gibson said...

Rob - 'Swoon' that's it thanks!

swac said...

I can't wait for the musical version.

Vanwall said...

You're a sick puppy. It could happen, tho.

SomeNYGuy said...

Sit down, fellows: it already happened. The musical was called "Thrill Me."

http://www.thrillmethemusical.com/

swac said...

Shoulda known.

A Human On Earth said...

They collaborated on a,um personal level as well. Un-spoken of at the time.

Tommy O'C said...

Leopold and Loeb. The Capeman. Next up: Jeffrey Dahmer: The Musical...