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

Seminal Image #919

Rebel Without a Cause
(Nicholas Ray; 1955)


Christopher said...

THe original concept for "Rebel"was to have Dean convince Natalie Woods hoodlum brain of the wonders of life,nature and Sany Claus..

joel. said...

I was just at the Griffith Observatory this weekend (on a trip to visit some friends in LA) and we acted out the knife fight from the film like the good nerds we are.

Mark said...

My favourite bit is Dean imitating Mr. McGoo...(a near-sighted attempt at humor, this).