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

Jesters of the Republic #19


Phil Silvers

6 comments :

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Glad to see ya!

swac said...

Now I have an urge to watch my VHS copy of Top Banana.

Mr DeBakey said...

Oh you're right
On second look
Silvers is in that picture

Brent McKee said...

Silvers in his natural element - once a burlesque top banana always a burlesque top banana.

Robert Fiore said...

Actually Top Banana really ought to be restored, not because it was particularly entertaining, but because it documents a 1950s Broadway musical as staged.

swac said...

Top Banana was filmed (but supposedly not released) in 3-D. Too bad this scene wasn't included.