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

Jesters of the Republic #3


Jonathan Winters

8 comments :

SomeNYGuy said...

Is that his family huddled, terrified, in the corner? Creepy!

shahn said...

It looks like a scene from The Shining, starring Jonathan Winters.

Vanwall said...

You guys jumped right on the creepy aspect, huh? I'm glad I'm not the only one who saw that side of Winters; still loved his work, tho!

swac said...

Amazing photo. Wonderfully twisted on so many levels, just like Winters.

Somewhere I've got video of Winters doing a sketch with Hans Conreid on some '50s variety show, with Winters playing the most annoying airplace passenger imaginable. Mad genius defined.

Vanwall said...

The 60 Minutes segment with him and Robin Williams - scary good.

Slack-a-gogo said...

That is a fantastic pic of Winters. For me his funniest stuff are the moments that are innocent on the surface with a very dark undertone.

SomeNYGuy said...

Being involuntarily committed to a mental ward tends to stimulate a dark, anti-authoritarian sense of humor.

gluefish said...

Wish I had a pic of Winters as the grumpy guy in line for the ATM in N Hollywood in 1982.

Oh, wait, that was him being himself.