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 #81


Mel Brooks

6 comments :

Vanwall said...

I owe him the unforgettable moment in the mid-1980s when my blonde 4-year-old boy began singing "Springtime for Hitler" in the grocery store.

Max Allan Collins said...

I am so grateful to Brooks for saying he was hugely influenced by the Ritz Brothers (Harry Ritz especially, I'm remembering right). My love for the Ritz Brothers has always seemed one that (unlike my Shemp idolatry) would never be redeemed. Without the Ritzes, no Mel, no Danny Kaye, no Sid Caesar....

Fred said...

My aunt when to school with him and, to this day, refers to him as "that meshuginah!"

Chris Oliver said...

Mel doesn't get Jester of the Republic status?

swac said...

How about a photo of Mel and Carl down the road?

Eric said...

There are few like Mel Brooks today. He didn't go for cheap laughs. Always a thoughtful approach to his comedy.
In "Silent Movie" he could have used a double for Marcel Marceau He didn't, he hired Marceau just for that shot...
A true comedy genius.