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 Fair: Peace Through Understanding #4

Original Caption:

New York -- Federico Fellini, whose movie "8 1/2" won this year's Best Foreign Film Oscar and his wife, actress Giulietta Masina, lend their fine Italian hands to a Graumann's Chinese Theater-style "hands in concrete" ceremony at the New York World's Fair Hollywood Pavilion. Assisting are members of the George Murphy Associates firm. Pictured are Fellini, Norma Yost, Mrs. Fellini, and Lee Savin. (1964)


Fred said...

You mean Fellini was at the World's Fair, not 10 miles from my home, and my parents left me home and didn't take me to meet the maestro? My folks are going to hear about this!

Rhys Ziemba said...

I've been thinking about Giulietta Masina all day today.