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

Seminal Image #894

The Long Goodbye
(Robert Altman; 1973)


swac said...

"Hey, have you seen my cat?"

I used to have a copy of a broadcast version of this that excised all references to his pet going missing, in order to shave it down to make room for commercials. Ridiculous.

BTW...anyone have a spare DVD of California Split?

R.H. said...

I want that car.

anodyne Brownie said...

"Eat your Khouri-brand catfood"

I loved that film, and all those early 70's Easy Riders Raging Bulls era.
and Elliott Gould too really.
he has an egg eating scene with Gwen Welles in something that is more memorable than the film-title.

Terry Lennox said...

Among Altman's best... Sterling Hayden is magnificent.