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 Cool Hall of Fame #161

James Agee


Robert Fiore said...

If I may hijack the subject matter somewhat (i.e., film criticism and Cool-Hall-of-Fame-worthiness), you might be interested to know that the Library of America is going to publish a volume of Manny Farber's complete film writing later this year.

JRSM said...

And their collection of James Agee's film writing is wonderful.

Campaspe said...

My favorite film critic. Thanks for the picture. Poor guy does not look very happy.