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 #930

Do the Right Thing
(Spike Lee; 1989)


Trader said...

Overestimated movie by far.

Hummm..., I wont make friends here. Sorry.

Christopher said...

he ain't no Bob Mitchum

Joe non Papa said...

I wanted that T-shirt:
Bed Stuy
Do or Die

God said...

Classic American Cinema. Film perfectly captured the phone book thick racial tension of late 80's, early 90's NYC.

Tom Sutpen said...

Couldn't agree more. It's a high point Lee hasn't come close to reaching again (despite a few more-than-decent attempts) in the two decades since.

Trader said...

Concerning the racial tension, I guess it was a true observation but I kind of remember the dramatic line of the film was rather weak.

But how can someone of the official press be against it, for fear of being uncorrect?...

Think about it!