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

Artists in Action #413


Fred Allen learns of his latest career development

5 comments :

Brent McKee said...

They could ban giveaway shows but they couldn't stop television. I've been watching Fred recently during his run on "What's My Line" on GSN, and he'd finally found a part of that medium that worked for him. sadly his episodes will be ending sometime in the next few days after his far too early death.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Love this photo.

estiv said...

I don't mind dying, if it means going where Fred Allen and Robert Benchley are.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

I don't mind dying, if it means going where Fred Allen and Robert Benchley are.

I second that emotion. In fact, this should be a sig if it isn't already.

swac said...

I've got loads of Jack Benny mp3s, but not nearly enough Allen.

I should go search some out...