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

Players #3

Minnie Maddern Fiske


estiv said...

The only reason I know about her is that Alexander Woollcott mentioned her in a book. Kind of sad that someone once considered the greatest actress in the US, and who did much to make Ibsen known in this country, is now barely remembered.

Tommy O'C said...

"Mrs. Fiske," as she was known, was mentioned in the films "All About Eve" and "Rosemary's Baby." That's how I first heard the name. I once saw a costume she had worn, at the theater exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. She also appeared in two silent films, one of which has definitely not survived. Although it's not clear if she ever heard of Stanislavski, Mrs. Fiske has been called "the first important 'realistic' actress in the United States."