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 #84


Susan Tyrrell

3 comments :

Jessica R. said...

And now I've got to watch Fat City again.

MichaelRyerson said...

As the photo attests, a one-time great beauty, who seems to have found her greatest success playing the off-beat, seamy, perhaps down-and-out, character. Sometimes given to gratuitous chewing of scenery, she nontheless cosistently commands one's attention when on-screen. Lost both legs to a rare blood disorder. Troops on. Bukowski would be proud.

phil said...


Me too, Jessica R.
She is perfect.