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

Jesters of the Empire #23


Barry Humphries

6 comments :

F.G. Marshall-Stacks said...

The genesis-era of Mr Humphries alter-ego was far more interesting than the glittering megastar that Edna Everage has evolved as.

He staged surreal street-theatre moments at the time he was developing Edna. Having various courses of a breakfast delivered through train doors as he commuted up the suburban line one morning; wearing waders filled with custard and claiming to be PUS In Boots.

Photo about 1964? The establishment was the venue founded by the fabulous genius Peter Cook, and Humphries must have been very thrilled to mix it with Pete.

Friends just saw him play San Fran and they said the audience laughed - I cannot imagine how any other culture 'gets' him - he is SO Melbourne, Australia.
I hope he visits his pal Conrad Black in the slammer.

estiv said...

Dame Edna, I hardly knew you.

Christopher said...

cool O !!!!

swac said...

Cook and Humphries would have been pals during their days at Private Eye magazine, where Bazza created his Barry MacKenzie comic strips.

Tommy O'C said...

Is that a marijuana cigarette in his mouth? Outrageous! Smoke the thing or pass it. What a Bogart!

Ann oDyne said...

The photo is very arty - I am wondering is it by Australian Lewis Morley.