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

Seminal Image #804

(Elaine May; 1987)


swac said...

Is there an Ishtar DVD I don't know about?

Prisamata said...

Elaine May?

Didn't Warren "golden hands" Beatty directed it?

swac said...

Nope, May directed, and it killed her directing career, which is a real shame.

To this day, I'm not really sure why the film has the lousy reputation it does.

Tom Sutpen said...


It's never been released on DVD here, but the version I have came with dual Spanish-English audio tracks, so my guess is it's commercially available in the Old World.

That's true of far too many movies.

Gerard said...

I saw it on VHS several years ago and figured it must be awful after all the horrid reviews. But I enjoyed it.