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 #430

Sheila Hancock, Albert Finney, Robert Morley, Kenneth Haigh and Kenneth Williams (who seems stuck in perpetual performance mode)


Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Who knew Kenneth Williams could be such an activist?

"Now, you lot...over there...stop messing about..."

Brent McKee said...

I'm just reminded of the backlash one sometimes finds, particularly in the U.S. and frequently from "Rede State Republicans" about actors "enhancing their own reputation" by expressing their "uninformed" opinions on issues. Activism on the part of actors is hardly new and hardly restricted to Americans. And hardly wrong either.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

I agree, brother Brent; I've never been quite able to figure out why actors/actresses are treated in such a fashion. It's as if they're not supposed to think about serious things; that the moment they've finished their performance they're to be put away in a box somewhere until they're summoned again.

Kreisler said...

Actors are cattle