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

Paul Newman dies at 83


The wire obit can be read here.

11 comments :

DeBakey said...

Tough luck, Lonnehan.
But that's what you get for playing with your head up your ass!

Steve said...

You do find the rare pix.
Where is that one from?

Testify said...

A class act, pure and simple. RIP.

Vanwall said...

A real Human Being, not a front. Was at a race early in his career - he was still an amateur - and he was as ordinary as could be, just a guy who drove, and I think he liked it that way.

Tommy O'C said...

Newman's 2nd Law: Just when things are darkest, they go black...

You were an original, Luke. You sure did some world shakin'.

Rest in Peace, Sweet Prince...

PS Steve, that photo was taken by Sanford Roth (who took the very last photos of James Dean at the crash) during the filming of "Somebody Up There Likes Me." You can find see the series at IMDB.com.

Testify said...

Ah, that makes sense. Dean was the original choice to play Graziano before that fatal car accident which happened 53 years ago this Tuesday) made it impossible . I would just add that Roth's shots of Dean taken during Giant are great.

Tommy O'C said...

Yes, this Tuesday is the 53rd Anniversary. In the commentary soundtrack to "Somebody Up There Likes Me," Newman phoned in his commentary to director Robert Wise. At one point, Newman says (with what sounded like a catch in his voice), "who knows what Jimmy would have done with that role."

Testify said...

Newman was a fine actor who would no doubt have made it on his own merit but Dean's death did Newmans fledling career no harm at all. Billy The Kid in The Left Hand Gun was originally intended for Dean as was the Newman role in the television play The Battler, written by A.E. “Hotch” Hotchner. Hotchner became firm friends with Newman and was his partner in the Newmans Own salad dressing business.

Pastor Z said...

My father raced in the same series as Newman back in the 70s, and my mother was the registrar for one of the events in 1975. Newman sent in his registration but was then unable to attend the race. I've still got his entry form 33 years later, filled out and signed by him (included his home address and phone number) and listing his next of kin as "Joanne Newman." My parents were good friends with Newman's racing partner, Jim Fitzgerald, who died in a race back around 1985.

Tommy O'C said...

That's a keepsake (and memory) to cherish always, pastor z. I enjoyed reading that. Thank you.

Anne said...

R.I.P Paul