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

When Legends Gather #428

Liz Taylor drops by the set of Where Eagles Dare to hang out with Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood.


Tom Sutpen said...

Burton seems in good spirits here. Everything I've read has it that he was in truly rough shape when he made this picture. I mean, rougher than usual (a steady diet of painkillers on top of the steadier diet of booze).

swac said...

There had to be some lighter moments. Maybe he'd just gotten to fire off a machine gun for takes on end, that's often quite cathartic.

R.H. said...

I hear Liz Taylor has gone into hospital. How many times was she married, eight? I'd be in hospital after three.

blankemon said...

I think Eastwood set a record for most Nazis machine-gunned in Where Eagles Dare.