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

Before and After #131: Marlon Brando

Before


After

4 comments :

Vanwall said...

That "Missouri Breaks" after shot is almost flattering - but it's a nice connection.

swac said...

He looks like a one-eyed jack in the first shot...

Vanwall said...

Actually, I don't much give a shit what anyone says, "One-Eyed Jacks" is a brilliant western, and easily in the top ten of all time.

estiv said...

"Missouri Breaks"--ugh. Brando and Nicholson rewrote McGuane's script, so the best lines in the movie are in scenes where neither appears.