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 #485

Maureen O'Hara, Fidel Castro and Alec Guinness


swac said...

Our Men and Woman in Havana! I wonder where Ernie Kovacs was?

I think that one's finally surfacing on DVD in Februrary, along with Richard Rush's Going Straight, the Arch Obler end-of-the-world flick Five, Gumshoe with Albert Finney and, um, Vibes with Jeff Goldblum and Cyndi Lauper.

Robert Fiore said...

If you want to get an idea of the limitations of Hollywood film in terms of sophistication, watch Our Man in Havana back-to-back with The Third Man. It's the same director from a Graham Greene story with a cast that is if anything a little better, but the latter is a movie for grown-ups while the former seems infantilized in subtle ways. And if you want to see the difference between a literary novel and popular writing, read Our Man in Havana back-to-back with a novel by for instance Raymond Chandler (who I revere). You will find that the former is centered on character while the latter is attempting to create a certain sort of experience. The only differences between what Greene called "entertainments" and his regular novels were (a) an element of criminal or political violence and (b) a happy ending.

Tommy O'C said...

"Maureen O'Hara, Fidel Castro, and Alec Guinness." Carnac the Magnificent will now open the envelope...