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 #496

Premier Chou En-lai and Charles Chaplin


R.H. said...

Charlie and Chou
Chou and Charlie
Laural and Hardy.

(Which one's the tramp?)

Kreisler said...

Read the account of Chaplin in 'Cheeta!' Puts you off him forever, makes Chou Enlai seem lovable.

laamish said...

I wonder when this was taken?

Tom Sutpen said...


I think it's been established beyond any doubt that Chaplin wasn't exactly a picnic to be around, even under the best of circumstances; though I've little doubt that notables he met (particularly with the press in attendance) saw the best side of him.


It's from 1954. Here's the original caption:

Expatriate movie comedian Charlie Chaplin (right) and Communist Chinese premier Chou En-Lai stand affably together at a party Chou hosted for some fifty guests at his luxurious lakeside villa near Geneva. The guests included Mrs. Chaplin, the former Oona O'Neill. Chaplin, on leaving, told reporters he had had "a lively conversation about nonpolitical matters" with Chou during dinner.

Sounds like a swingin' time, y'ask me.

laamish said...

Judging by CC's smile, the "...lively conversation about nonpolitical matters" was probably about Oona.
Thanks for the info; and for the record, great site!!!