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

They Were Collaborators #481


Charles Laughton and Lillian Gish

2 comments :

Gloria said...

Charles' gleeful expression clearly betrays the huge Gish fan within himself: ever since, as a young man, he became enthralled watching Lillian in "Broken Blossoms".

Incidentally, I have a shot of them taken during their memorable bit of joint work, which I intended tp post in my blog sometime in the near future... May I provide a link to this post in it when I do?

swac said...

By all means, do!