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 Cool Hall of Fame #135


Peter O'Toole

3 comments :

Ann O'Dyne said...

The man is A Monument.

The Ruling Class.
What's New Pussycat.

and the voice of Anton Ego.

Richard Gibson said...

Last week I re-watched 'Lawrence of Arabia' on the big screen...
The showing was part of the Lean tribute. Completely sold out.

swac said...

Glad I finally got to see Lawrence on a big screen as well, a few years back. The print was crap, but it didn't seem to matter all that much. I should probably give up on ever seeing Ryan's Daughter in a theatre though.

As for Mr. Ego, I have a little figurine of him sitting on my computer as I type. Thanks, Kinder Eggs!