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

The Hitchcock/Truffaut Tapes #16

Under discussion in Part 16: 1949's Under Capricorn


Fellow Man said...

So glad to see the tapes have returned. I was praying they hadn't gone away for good.

Miss the commentary, though.

Tom Sutpen said...

So glad to see the tapes have returned. I was praying they hadn't gone away for good.

Thank you, my Fellow Man. The tapes are indeed back, and I'll be posting one entry per week (hopefully each Monday) until I run out.

Miss the commentary, though.

Believe me, I dearly wish yours was the majority view, but it's not.

This bears a little explanation: You see, the response to my prior commentaries (indeed, to any extended bits of writing by me on this blog . . . and any other forum, for that matter) has always been rather demonstrably negative. In fact, the reason I hadn't posted any Hitchcock/Truffaut entries in all this time was because I couldn't effectively balance my desire to present the series with some explanation of what each entry entails with the immense dislike most people seem to have for my prior writings on here. It only occurred to me a few weeks ago that, since I'd ceased all writing of any substance, I could now safely resume the Tapes. And that's what I did.

In other words, I'm sure if we polled the house (which I'm not eager to do because the less stark the reminder of people's scorn, the better for my morale) we'd find an overwhelming majority of those with any opinion on the subject have zero desire to hear my two cents on . . . anything.

Gotta give the people what they want, after all.

swac said...

I'm all for the commentaries, but then I'm biased.

idreamedmusic said...

I, for one, am missing the commentary as well, but really glad to see the tapes back.
Thanks a bunch for posting them. What a gem.