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

The Heretofore Unmentioned #53


William Shatner

10 comments :

Vanwall said...

"Spock!!"

Mark said...

You're telling me Shatner doesn't get into the Cool Hall of Fame? I would have thought him a shoo-in on the strength of "Rocketman" alone.

Mark said...

Plus, he's got to have a good pair "Before and After" of photos in him!

swac said...

I don't know if Rocket Man would get him in there, but The Intruder might.

Still haven't seen that movie he did in Esperanto though.

Bob said...

I've got a photo of him playing Puck in the '63 Stratford festival.

H. P. L. said...

As for sheer potential, what about that movie he did with Roger Corman about... a politician? I've never seen it, but from what I've read it seems good, in a roughly kinda way...

Pietro

Campaspe said...

I agree, this man belongs in the Cool Hall of Fame if only for his amazing sense of self-parody.

swac said...

HPL: The movie you're thinking of is The Intruder,. Later reissued under the attention-grabbing title "I Hate Your Guts."

Lex10 said...

Look at that punim!

Mike S. said...

You. Make. Me. Feel. So. Young!