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 #475

Alfred Hitchcock stares


Charles said...

That is brilliant.
Up against the fireplace for warmth (no fire!)
dog a willing co-conspirator.
Plain room containing great work of art (It's Picaso isn't it?)
Is Hitch really even there in his reverie?

estiv said...

Makes me wish Steven Spielberg had a self-deprecating sense of humor.

Vanwall said...

I love the roundness of Hitch, the figures in the painting, even the little dog, all compared to the severity of harsh lines and sharp corners.

Richard Gibson said...

Is it the painting,fire or dog that is the McGuffin?

Never seen it before, great picture.

marklunn said...

the fire is definitely the mcguffin

swac said...

o/~Throw another dog on the fire...o/~

The man did have a thing for terriers.

Tom Sutpen said...


I'd say the Maguffen in this scheme of things is Hitchcock.


I don't know whose painting it is; in fact, I'd love to know the circumstances behind this photo. I can't believe it was intended as a publicity shot. If it was, then it's hands-down the strangest of his career (which is saying a lot).

Tom Sutpen said...


Now that you mention it, does Steven Spielberg even have a sense of humor?

swac said...

Tom: having seen 1941, I'd have to say no.

As for the painting, reminds me a bit of something by Diego Rivera.