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 #67


Ernest Thesiger

3 comments :

Christopher said...

ol' Ernie..saw him recently in some old Benny Hill movie from the late 50s..

swac said...

He does pop up in some odd places. I highly recommend the 1938 British thriller They Drive By Night (not to be confused with the Raft/Bogart film of the same name, which was retitled The Road to Frisco in the UK), in which Thesiger plays a killer sex maniac. As a British proto-noir (Emlyn Williams is wrongly accused of killing his wife upon his release from prison) it's very good, and I love the detail of the titles on Thesiger's bookshelf, including one called "Sex in Prison"!

Christopher said...

I've heard of that..I'll have to give it a looksie..Incidently,the Hill movie i saw,also shares a name with another hollywood film,"Who done it?"